Talking With Your Child’s Doctor About Rotavirus and RotaTeq

 
  • It is important that you talk with your doctor so that you know the facts about rotavirus and what you can do to help protect your child. During one of your child's first visits, ask your doctor about RotaTeq.
 

What You Should Tell Your Doctor Before Your Child Gets RotaTeq

There are some important things your doctor needs to know about your baby. Tell your doctor if your baby:

  • – Is sick with fever, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • – Is not growing or gaining weight as expected
  • – Has a weakened immune system from a disease (such as cancer, HIV/AIDS or a blood disorder) or from medicine (such as steroids)
  • – Has received a blood transfusion or blood products recently
  • – Was born with gastrointestinal problems, had a blockage, or had abdominal surgery
  • The spread of vaccine virus to nonvaccinated contacts has been reported. Tell your doctor if you have someone in your household who has a weak immune system, cancer or is taking medications that can weaken the immune system so that your doctor can provide further advice.

Who Should Not Receive RotaTeq

  • Your child should not get the vaccine if:
  • He or she had an allergic reaction after getting a dose of this vaccine
  • He or she is allergic to any of the ingredients of the vaccine. A list of the ingredients can be found at the end of the Patient Information
  • He or she has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID)
  • He or she has ever had intussusception, a form of blockage in the intestines

If You Have More Questions

  • Now you know about rotavirus and what you can do to help protect your child. During one of your child’s first well visits, ask your doctor about RotaTeq. For a list of questions to take with you to your doctor, click here
Discuss Rotavirus Vaccine Precautions With Your Baby's Doctor Before Receiving RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent)

While many infected children may have few or no symptoms, your doctor can’t predict which babies will have serious cases of rotavirus.

About RotaTeq

 

RotaTeq is a vaccine that can help protect babies against common types of rotavirus. Rotavirus is a leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • RotaTeq may not fully protect all children who get the vaccine.
  • RotaTeq should not be given to infants who are allergic to any part of the vaccine.
  • Your child should not get RotaTeq if he or she has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID).
  • Your child should not get RotaTeq if he or she has ever had intussusception, a form of blockage in the intestines.
  • The most common side effects reported after taking RotaTeq were diarrhea, vomiting, fever, runny nose and sore throat, wheezing or coughing, and ear infection.
  • Other reported side effects include: hives; Kawasaki disease (a serious condition that can affect the heart, symptoms may include fever, rash, red eyes, red mouth, swollen glands, swollen hands and feet, and if untreated, can be life threatening).
  • Call your child’s doctor or go to the emergency department right away if your child has any of the following problems after getting RotaTeq, even if it has been several weeks since the last dose, because these may be signs of a serious problem called intussusception:
  • bad vomiting
  • bad diarrhea
  • severe stomach pain
  • blood in the stool.

Intussusception happens when a part of the intestine gets blocked or twisted. Since FDA approval, reports of infants with intussusception following RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent) have been received by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Intussusception occurred days and sometimes weeks after vaccination. Some infants needed hospitalization, surgery on their intestines, or a special enema to treat this problem. Death due to intussusception has occurred. A study conducted after approval of RotaTeq showed an increased risk of intussusception in the 21 days after the first dose of RotaTeq, but especially in the first 7 days.

Read more Important Safety Information below

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (continued)

  • There are some important things your doctor needs to know about your baby. Tell your doctor if your baby:
  • – Is sick with fever, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • – Is not growing or gaining weight as expected
  • – Has a weakened immune system from a disease (such as cancer, HIV/AIDS or a blood disorder) or from medicine (such as steroids)
  • – Has received a blood transfusion or blood products recently
  • – Was born with gastrointestinal problems, had a blockage, or had abdominal surgery

The spread of vaccine virus to nonvaccinated contacts has been reported. Tell your doctor if you have someone in your household who has a weak immune system, cancer or is taking medications that can weaken the immune system so that your doctor can provide further advice.

Please read the accompanying Patient Information for RotaTeq and discuss it with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.


  
  
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