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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 or she 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.

Immunization Schedule

Call 911 if:

  • 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 or her legs to the 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. Talk to your healthcare provider if your baby has a weakened immune system, HIV, cancer, or takes medicines such as steroids. The following are reasons your baby should not get the vaccine:

  • Not having received any doses of the vaccine by age 15 weeks
  • An allergic reaction to a dose of the vaccine, or a past reaction to any part of the vaccine
  • Severe allergies, including a latex allergy
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • A bowel blockage now or in the past

Risks of the rotavirus vaccine:

Your baby may still get rotavirus, even after the vaccine. He or she 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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.