Vaccine - Rotavirus - RV1 - Rotarix

This vaccine decreases your child's risk of becoming sick with a viral infection that causes diarrhea and dehydration (rotavirus).




This vaccine decreases your child's risk of becoming sick with a viral infection that causes diarrhea and dehydration (rotavirus).



Rotavirus is a viral infection of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and bowels). Rotavirus infection is most common in children younger than age 2, but it can occur at any age. In children, it causes:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Severe symptoms can lead to dehydration and hospitalization

Due to the widespread use of the rotavirus vaccine, gastrointestinal infection due to rotavirus has decreased. The vaccine is an oral solution that can be given with other vaccines. There are two types of the live (weakened) oral rotavirus vaccines:

  • RV1 (Rotarix)
  • RV5 (RotaTeq)

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that children receive a rotavirus vaccine to protect them from the infectious disease. The dosage schedule will depend on which brand of vaccine is used.

  • RotaTeq (RV5) vaccination requires three doses at ages two months, four months and six months.
  • The first dose should be received between six and fifteen weeks of age.
  • All three doses should be received by eight months of age.

Rotarix (RV1) vaccination requires two doses at ages two months and four months.

  • The first dose should be received between six and fifteen weeks of age
  • Both doses should be received by eight months of age

The rotavirus vaccine may be postponed if your child has a moderate to severe acute illness, including vomiting and diarrhea. Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if he or she has:

  • Had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine or any component of the vaccine
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • A history of bowel obstruction

You should contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the rotavirus vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for my child, and why?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if my child does not get the vaccine?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Vaccine Rotavirus
Vaccine - Rotavirus
Vaccine
Rotavirus Vaccine
Rotavirus Shot
Rotavirus Immunization
Immunization Rotavirus


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