Baby oral vaccination Figures from Public Health England (PHE) show a ‘greatly reduced’ rate of infection since a vaccine for babies was introduced in 2013.

From an average of 14,510 cases a year in the decade prior to the vaccine’s introduction, there were just 2,287 recorded between July 2015 and June 2016.

The immunisation is now administered to all babies in the UK in the form of oral drops, with two doses being taken when the child is between two months and three months old. It is offered to parents alongside other childhood vaccinations.

Rotavirus is a highly infectious stomach bug most commonly contracted by children under five, and can lead to fever, stomach aches, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Although most of those infected recover within a week, one in 10 will require hospital treatment for problems such as extreme dehydration, and a very small number will die.

Hand-to-mouth contact with faeces is the most common route of transmission, with the virus often being picked up from contaminated surfaces such as toys, food or dirty nappies.

PHE’s Dr Shamez Ladhani said: "Overall, annual rotavirus laboratory reports are greatly reduced since the introduction of the infant rotavirus immunisation programme in July 2013.

"Rotavirus is contagious, and it is very important to maintain good hand hygiene to help prevent it spreading.

"In most cases, there is no need to see your doctor, because the symptoms usually pass in a few days without any specific treatment - but if symptoms persist, see your GP."