Vaccine - Rotavirus

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




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:

  • 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. 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.

  • There are two brands of the rotavirus vaccine. One brand requires two doses at two months and four months. The other brand requires three doses at two months, four months, and six months.
  • Your child should not receive the rotavirus vaccine when he or she has indications of a moderate to severe illness. Check with your healthcare provider if your child appears sick at the time of their immunization.
  • Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if they have an allergy to any of the components of the vaccine, a severe latex allergy, a severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) or a history of a specific type of blockage in the bowels (intussusception).

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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