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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The rotavirus vaccine is given to protect your child from rotavirus infection. Rotavirus causes inflammation of the small intestine and severe diarrhea. Rotavirus can prevent your child's body from absorbing water and nutrients. The rotavirus vaccine is given in drops that your baby swallows. He will get doses at 2 and 4 months. A third dose may be needed at 6 months. The final dose should be given no later than 8 months of age. The vaccine can be given as early as 6 weeks of age.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- Your baby has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, hives, or wheezing.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your baby shows signs of stomach pain, such as pulling his legs to his abdomen or severe crying.
- Your baby vomits several times.
- You see blood in your baby's bowel movement.
- Your baby is weak or irritable.
- Your baby has a high fever, or you notice behavior changes that concern you.
Contact your baby's healthcare provider if:
- You have questions or concerns about the rotavirus vaccine.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
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