This live vaccine protects against rotavirus infection that causes vomiting and diarrhea in infants and children.
Who should get the vaccine?
- Infants under the age of 24 weeks
- 2 dose schedule recommended at 2 and 4 months of age
Who should not get the vaccine?
- Those with an allergy to any component of vaccine
- Those with a weakened immune system
- Those with a history of intussusception
- Those with uncorrected congenital abdominal disorders
- Those who have received blood products within 42 days
Common Side Effects
Your child may become irritable or have mild diarrhea. Allergic reactions are rare. Severe reactions are rare and may include a slight increased risk of bowel obstruction.
The rotavirus can be shed in the infants stool for up to 10 days after vaccination. To prevent the spread of the live vaccine virus, anyone caring for the immunized baby should wash their hands frequently, especially after changing diapers.
Rotavirus is a common infection that causes vomiting and diarrhea in infants and children. Symptoms also include fever and stomach pain which may last from three to eight days. It is very contagious.
Most children are infected with rotavirus at least once by five years of age. Serious symptoms can occur mainly in children less than two years of age that include severe diarrhea leading to hospitalization. Children with weakened immune systems may experience more severe illness for a longer period of time.
Rotavirus infection is a major cause of hospital admissions for infants and children under five years of age.
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