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It is Important to Talk to Your Child's Doctor if You Suspect Your Child May Be Suffering From Rotavirus
It is Important to Talk to Your Child's Doctor if You Suspect Your Child May Be Suffering From Rotavirus

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It is important that you talk to your child’s doctor if you suspect your child may be suffering from rotavirus.

Ask Your Doctor About the Rotavirus VaccineAsk Your Doctor About the Rotavirus Vaccine

When talking with your doctor, be sure to ask any questions you may have about rotavirus and the vaccine, RotaTeq.

Rotavirus is a leading cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children. Rotavirus is a common and easy to catch virus, and it can be serious. Rotavirus may include fever, vomiting, upset stomach, and watery diarrhea that can last from 3 to 7 days, and can quickly lead to dehydration (loss of body fluids).

Rotavirus symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe. While many infected children may have few or no symptoms, your doctor can't predict which babies will have serious cases of rotavirus. A severe case could send your child to the emergency room or your child may be hospitalized.

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.

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

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

RotaTeq is not a shot; the vaccine is given by mouth. Your child will receive 3 doses of the vaccine. The first dose is given when your child is 6 to 12 weeks of age, the second dose is given 4 to 10 weeks later, and the third dose is given 4 to 10 weeks after the second dose. The last (third) dose should be given to your child by 32 weeks of age.

Yes, it can. In a large clinical trial, RotaTeq demonstrated 98% efficacy against severe RGE and 74% efficacy against RGE of any severity through the first rotavirus season after vaccination. Also, infants who were vaccinated with RotaTeq were 94% less likely to visit an emergency room and 96% less likely to be hospitalized through the first 2 years after the third dose, due to the types of rotavirus targeted by the vaccine.

Ask your doctor about RotaTeq today. Please see the Patient Information on this site and discuss it with your doctor

Rotavirus is very easy to catch. In the United States, rotavirus is a leading cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children. Rotavirus is usually spread through contaminated hands or objects and can remain on surfaces for a long time. Even with hand washing and cleaning with a disinfectant, it is very hard to prevent rotavirus infection.

Rotavirus infection is usually spread through contaminated hands or objects and can remain on surfaces for a long time. Only certain disinfectants can kill rotavirus; many common soaps don’t work.

RotaTeq is not a shot; the vaccine is given by mouth. Your child will receive 3 doses of the vaccine. The first dose is given when your child is 6 to 12 weeks of age, the second dose is given 4 to 10 weeks later, and the third dose is given 4 to 10 weeks after the second dose. The last (third) dose should be given to your child by 32 weeks of age.

The most common side effects reported after taking RotaTeq were diarrhea, vomiting, fever, runny nose and sore throat, wheezing or coughing, and ear infection.

Please see the Patient Information on this site and discuss it with your doctor

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend routine rotavirus vaccination for all eligible infants.

The CDC has included RotaTeq in its Vaccines for Children Program.

The ACIP, CDC, and AAP Recommend Routine Rotavirus Vaccination for all Eligible InfantsThe ACIP, CDC, and AAP Recommend Routine Rotavirus Vaccination for all Eligible Infants
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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).