What is Rotavirus?
What is Rotavirus?

What is Rotavirus?

Rotavirus is a common virus that is easy to catch from others and affected nearly all children by age 5 in the pre-vaccine era.

Babies are at Particular Risk From Rotavirus

Babies are at particular risk from rotavirus, with most severe cases occurring between 6 months and 2 years of age.

Rotavirus can cause as many as 10- 20 episodes of diarrhea or vomiting in a day, which can result in life-threatening dehydration.

Rotavirus is highly contagious.

  • Rotavirus 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.
Rotavirus Infection is Usually Spread Through Contaminated Hands or Objects
Rotavirus Symptoms can be Mild, Moderate, or Severe

Rotavirus symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe.

  • Rotavirus may cause fever, vomiting, upset stomach, and watery diarrhea that can last from 3 to 7 days. Because your baby is so small, symptoms of rotavirus can quickly lead to a loss of fluids, called dehydration.
  • While many infected babies may have few or no symptoms, your doctor can’t predict which babies will have a serious case of rotavirus.
  • A severe case of rotavirus could send your child to the emergency room, or your child may be hospitalized.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you suspect your baby has rotavirus.

Talk to Your Doctor If You Suspect Your Baby Has Rotavirus
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Help protect your baby with RotaTeq.

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

RotaTeq® (Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral, Pentavalent) is an Oral Vaccine Used to Help Prevent Rotavirus Infection in Children