Real-World Effectiveness of Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine among Bedouin and Jewish Children in Southern Israel

Eyal Leshem, Noga Givon-Lavi, Jacqueline E. Tate, David Greenberg, Umesh D. Parashar, Ron Dagan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

22 Scopus citations


Background. Pentavalent rotavirus vaccine (RV5) was introduced into the Israeli National Immunization Program in January 2011. We determined RV5 vaccine effectiveness (VE) in southern Israel, a region characterized by 2 distinct populations: Bedouins living in a low- to middle-income, semirural setting, and Jews living in a high-income, urban setting. Methods. We enrolled vaccine-eligible children who visited the emergency department (ED) or were hospitalized due to acute gastroenteritis (AGE) during the first 3 rotavirus seasons after RV5 vaccine introduction (2011-2013). Fecal specimens were tested for rotavirus by enzyme immunoassay and genotyped. Vaccination among laboratory-confirmed rotavirus cases was compared with rotavirus-negative AGE controls. Regression models were used to calculate VE estimates by age, clinical setting, and ethnicity. Results. Of 515 enrolled patients, 359 (70%) were Bedouin. Overall, 185 (36%) patients were rotavirus positive; 79 of 119 (66%) were G1P[8] genotype. The adjusted VE for a full 3-dose course of RV5 against ED visit or hospitalization was 63% (95% confidence interval [CI], 38%-78%). RV5 provided G1P[8] genotype-specific effectiveness of 78% (95% CI, 58%-88%). By age, RV5 VE was 64% (95% CI, 21%-84%) and 71% (95% CI, 39%-86%) among children aged 6-11 months and 12-23 months, respectively. By clinical setting, RV5 VE was 59% (95% CI, 23%-78%) against hospitalization, and 67% (95% CI, 11%-88%) against ED visit. The adjusted VE of a full RV5 course among Bedouin children was 62% (95% CI, 29%-79%). Conclusions. RV5 significantly protected against rotavirus-associated ED visits and hospitalizations in a diverse population of vaccine-eligible children living in southern Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S155-S160
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
StatePublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bedouin
  • Israel
  • acute gastroenteritis
  • rotavirus
  • vaccine effectiveness


Dive into the research topics of 'Real-World Effectiveness of Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine among Bedouin and Jewish Children in Southern Israel'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this