What is RotaTeq?
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What is RotaTeq?

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RotaTeq is an oral vaccine used to help prevent rotavirus infection in children. Rotavirus infection can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be severe and can lead to loss of body fluids

RotaTeq is an oral vaccine used to help prevent rotavirus infection in children. Rotavirus...

 

Get to Know RotaTeq

RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent) is a Vaccine, Given by Mouth, That can Help Protect Babies Against Common Types of Rotavirus
RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent) is a Vaccine, Given by Mouth, That can Help Protect Babies Against Common Types of Rotavirus

Get to Know RotaTeq

RotaTeq is not a shot. It is a vaccine, given by mouth, that can help protect babies against common types of rotavirus.

RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent) Was Extensively Tested. It Was Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2006RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent) Was Extensively Tested. It Was Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2006

RotaTeq was extensively tested. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006.

How is RotaTeq given?

Your doctor will gently squeeze the vaccine into your child's mouth. Your infant may spit out some, or all, of it. If this happens, the dose does not need to be given again during that visit.

Your child will receive 3 doses of the RotaTeq vaccine.

Doses

3

Age at first dose

6–12 weeks of age

Interval

4–10 weeks apart

A sample schedule

2, 4, and 6 months of age

  • All doses of the RotaTeq vaccine align with well baby visits.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What if you miss a dose of RotaTeq?

All 3 doses of the vaccine should be given to your child by 32 weeks (8 months) of age. Your doctor will tell you when your child should return for the follow-up doses. It is important to keep those appointments. If you forget or are not able to go back to the planned time, ask your doctor for advice.

What if You Miss a Dose of RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent)?What if You Miss a Dose of RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent)?
There's a Way to Help Protect Your Child Against RotavirusThere's a Way to Help Protect Your Child Against Rotavirus

Talk to your child’s doctor.

There's a way to help protect your child against rotavirus. Ask your doctor about RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent) today.

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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).