Rotavirus is a common virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. It usually affects infants
and young children. Childcare centers are a common site of outbreaks.
Rotavirus Immunization Schedule
The vaccine is a liquid given by mouth. Children get it at ages 2 and 4 months,
and again at 6 months, depending on the brand of vaccine used.
Why Is the Rotavirus Vaccine Recommended?
Rotavirus can cause severe diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration.
Some kids who get it need care in a hospital. Besides protecting children who
get the vaccine, immunization can help stop the spread of rotavirus in a community.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Rotavirus Immunization?
Side effects can include diarrhea, vomiting, and a fever.
When to Delay or Avoid Rotavirus Immunization
The vaccine is not recommended if your child:
is currently sick. But simple colds
or other minor illnesses should not prevent immunization.
had a serious allergic reaction
to an earlier dose of the vaccine. Tell your doctor if your child has an allergy
to latex, as one of the rotavirus vaccine brands has a latex applicator.