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11/14/2011 07:25 EST | Updated 01/14/2012 05:12 EST

B.C. Immunization Program: Children To Receive Three Additional Vaccines Starting January

VICTORIA - The B.C. government is adding three more vaccines to its free childhood immunization program starting in January.

One vaccine will target the rotavirus to help protect babies from diarrhea and vomiting, and infants born on or after Nov. 1, 2011, will be eligible.

The first dose is administered at two months of age, followed by a second dose when babies are four months old.

A chicken pox booster shot will also be added to the program for children four to six years of age.

The government will also be offering the hepatitis A vaccine to all aboriginal infants and children to try to reduce the incidence of the disease among First Nations people.

Hepatitis A affects the liver and can cause fever, fatigue and loss of appetite and is spread through activities such as sharing of food and changing of diapers.