• The rotavirus vaccine is given to babies in multiple doses from a health care professional to help prevent the rotavirus disease.

    What is Rotavirus

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), rotavirus is a disease that causes vomiting and watery diarrhea in babies. The disease can last for three to eight days and causes 600,000 deaths annually worldwide.

    Effectiveness of Vaccine

    According to the CDC, the rotavirus vaccine is effective in preventing 74 percent of all rotavirus cases. Of those cases, 98 percent of severe cases are prevented by the vaccine and 96 percent of hospitalizations are prevented.


    The rotavirus vaccine is administered in three doses. It is usually recommended that the first dose be given at two months of age, the second at four months of age, and the third at six months of age, if needed. This can be slightly modified by a physician if necessary.


    The risks associated with the rotavirus vaccine are determined to be minimal. However, a baby may experience irritability or temporary diarrhea or vomiting after receiving the vaccine. Soreness or redness at the injection site is possible as well.

    Who Should Avoid the Vaccine

    Certain groups should not receive the vaccine. They include those who have an allergy to any component in the vaccination, a moderately or severely ill child, or those with weakened immune systems.


    Centers for Disease Control: Rotavirus Vaccine

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