By Hayley Parr
Babies in Scotland who are born from May will be offered a vaccination against the highly contagious rotavirus.
The virus, which symptoms are diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration, hospitalises around 1,200 Scot infants each year.
Two doses of the vaccination, named the Rotarix, will be given firstly to babies aged two months and then at three months.
As part of routine childhood immunisations the Rotarix will protect against the most common strains of the virus.
The Scottish government have said it is not a new vaccine with millions of doses given to babies in other countries.
The Rotarix is the first of many additions to Scotland’s immunisation programmes.
A shingles vaccine for people aged 70 up to 79 will be introduced from September 2013 and changes are also being made for the administration of the Meningitis C vaccine.
The seasonal flu programme is to extended to children aged two to 17.