Rotavirus

The Disease

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea and vomiting in infants and young children. In fact, most children get rotavirus sometime before they are 5 years old. While many children have mild cases, others can get very sick.

 

The Immunization

Rotavirus vaccine is an oral (swallowed) vaccine, not a shot. The vaccine has 2-3 doses that are given by mouth at 2 months and 4 months of age. Another dose at 6 months of age may be needed depending on the brand of vaccine used. Rotavirus vaccine will not prevent diarrhea or vomiting caused by other germs, but it is good at preventing diarrhea and vomiting caused by rotavirus.

 

AAP Vaccine Recommendations

 

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Last Updated: 7/16/2012




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