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Rotavirus Vaccine


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.

Seek care immediately 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.

Who should not get the rotavirus vaccine or should wait to get it:

Your baby may need to wait to get the vaccine until diarrhea or vomiting stops. He may need to wait if he has a weakened immune system from HIV/AIDS, cancer, or medicines such as steroids. Your baby should not get the vaccine if he is 15 weeks or older and has not received any doses of the vaccine. He should also not get the vaccine if he has any of the following:

  • A history of an allergic reaction to the vaccine or any of its parts
  • Severe allergies, including a latex allergy
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • A bowel blockage or he has had one in the past

Risks of the rotavirus vaccine:

Your baby may still get rotavirus, even after the vaccine. He may have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. This can be life-threatening.

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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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.