This is a vaccine that 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:
Due to the widespread use of the rotavirus vaccine, gastrointestinal infection due to rotavirus has decreased. The vaccine is an oral solution. It can be given with other vaccines to help protect your child from this infection.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIPO) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get their rotavirus vaccine at two months, four months, and six months of age.
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.
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