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Vaccines: Rotavirus

Pronounced (row-tuh-virus) 

Good news about the vaccine for Rotavirus—no needles! This vaccine is a liquid, given by mouth. Your baby will receive a dose at three different checkups: 2, 4, and 6 months. It is important to get all three doses to give your baby the best protection. 

Rotavirus spreads easily among infants and young children. The virus can cause severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Children who get rotavirus disease can become dehydrated and may need to be hospitalized.  

Good hygiene like handwashing and cleanliness are important but are not enough to control the spread of the disease. Rotavirus vaccine is the best way to protect your child against rotavirus disease. Most children (90%) who get the vaccine will be protected from severe rotavirus disease. About 70% of children will be protected from rotavirus disease of any severity. 

The first dose should be given before a child is 15 weeks of age. Children should receive all doses of rotavirus vaccine before they turn 8 months old.  

Visit the CDC for more information on Rotavirus.