What You Need to Know
Rotavirus (Rota) is a contagious virus that can cause gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). Symptoms include severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain.
Why you should vaccinate your child
Infants and young children are most likely to get the disease. They can become severely dehydrated and need to be hospitalized.
It spreads easily among infants and young children, often in settings where many children are together, such as day care centers.
Children can spread the virus both before and after they become sick with diarrhea. They can also pass the virus to family members.
Who Should Get the Rotavirus Vaccine?
Rota vaccine is the best way to protect your child against this illness. Most children (about 9 out of 10) who get the vaccine will be protected from severe illness. While about 7 out of 10 children will be protected from illness caused by the virus.
Two vaccines are currently licensed for use in infants in the United States:
- RotaTeq® (RV5) is given in 3 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months
- Rotarix® (RV1) is given in 2 doses at ages 2 months and 4 months
Both vaccines are given by mouth (orally), not by a shot. The first dose of either vaccine is most effective if it is given before a child is 15 weeks of age. Children should receive all doses of the vaccine before they turn 8 months old.
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