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. This can cause severe dehydration.
- The rotavirus vaccine is given in drops that your child 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.
Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:
- Your child has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, hives, or wheezing.
Seek care immediately if:
- Your child shows signs of stomach pain, such as pulling his or her legs to the abdomen, or severe crying.
- Your child vomits several times.
- You see blood in your child's bowel movement.
- Your child is weak or irritable.
- Your child has a high fever, or you notice behavior changes that concern you.
Call your child's doctor 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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