Africa:
Vaccinating Against Their Will

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YAOUNDE - YAOUNDÉ - The growing number of child deaths from diarrhoea in Cameroon has forced the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhoea.
 
However a growing skepticism over new vaccines, and lack of potable water and proper hygiene could thwart such public health efforts, experts say.

“Diarrhoea is one of the top killers of children under five in Cameroon, responsible for more than 5,800 deaths in children under five yearly,” Desire Noulna of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation told IPS. (END//2014)

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