*

What Is Rotavirus?  

Rotavirus is a virus that is transmitted through stool. It is easily spread by contaminated hands and objects. Symptoms usually begin about 2 days after contact with the virus. Symptoms may include:

Rotavirus rarely causes death in developed countries.

*

What Is the Rotavirus Vaccine?  

The rotavirus vaccine is given by mouth. This is a live virus vaccine. This means it contains a living virus can produce immunity to the disease.

The vaccine comes in 2 brands, RotaTeq and Rotarix.

*

Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?  

Your baby will need 2-3 doses. The number of doses depends on which type of vaccine your baby gets. The recommended schedule for giving these doses is:

  • 2 months for first dose
  • 4 months for second dose
  • 6 months for third dose, if needed

This vaccine is not given to older children or adults.

*

What Are the Risks Associated With the Rotavirus Vaccine?  

As with any vaccine, there is a small risk of severe reaction, such as a severe allergic reaction.

Most infants get the vaccine without any problems. In a small number of cases, children may have mild diarrhea or vomiting after getting the vaccine.

There may be a very small risk of a serious bowel obstruction called intussusception .

*

Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?  

Children should not get the vaccine if they:

  • Have had a life-threatening allergic reaction from a previous dose or any of its components
  • Are very ill
  • Have severe combined immunodeficiency
  • Have had intussusception or have an abnormality of the intestine

Talk to your doctor if your child has a weak immune system due to the following: