Am J Perinatol 2018; 35(14): 1443-1448
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1660463
Commentary
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Rationale for In-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Administration of Live, Attenuated Rotavirus Vaccination

Courtney Briggs-Steinberg
1  Division of Newborn Medicine, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Valhalla, New York
,
Shetal Shah
1  Division of Newborn Medicine, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Valhalla, New York
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Funding None.
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Publication History

18 August 2017

19 April 2018

Publication Date:
08 June 2018 (online)

Abstract

Rotavirus is the most common nonseasonal vaccine preventable illness. Despite increased severity of rotaviral illness in early infancy, most neonatal intensive care units (NICU) do not administer rotavirus vaccination either during the NICU stay at age of eligibility or at discharge as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends. In this commentary, we review the rationale for the administration of rotavirus vaccination to premature infants. Further, we outline data supporting vaccine administration at chronologic age while still admitted to the NICU.