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CORRESPONDENCE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 142  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 620

Authors' response


1 Department of Microbiology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Community Empowerment Laboratory, Lucknow 226 003, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication9-Dec-2015

Correspondence Address:
Amita Jain
Department of Microbiology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Gupta S, Singh K P, Jain A, Srivastava S, Kumar V, Singh M. Authors' response. Indian J Med Res 2015;142:620

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Gupta S, Singh K P, Jain A, Srivastava S, Kumar V, Singh M. Authors' response. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 May 27];142:620. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2015/142/5/620/171322

We thank M.D. Al-Mendalawi for the interest shown in our article. There are reports of high disease and economic burden due to rotavirus gastroenteritis and circulating strains of rotavirus, which emphasize the need of rotavirus vaccine. According to the recommendations of National Technical Advisory Group of India, the Government of India is planning to include four new vaccines in the Universal Immunization Programme including rotavirus vaccine [1] . However; the programme is still in the preparatory phase [2] .

It is understood that in those countries where rotavirus vaccine is routinely used the prevalence of rotavirus gastroenteritis has decreased and norovirus has emerged as a most prevalent viral cause of acute gastroenteritis. Prevalence higher than our study has been reported from a study from south India [3] . Geographic and seasonal variations in prevalence of norovirus are known to occur [4] . The comments are valid and definitely need attention of policy makers.



 
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Tate JE, Arora R, Kang G, Parashar UD. Rotavirus vaccines at the threshold of implementation in India. Natl Med J India 2014; 27 : 245-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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