Rotavirus is a virus that causes diarrhoea, mostly in babies and young children. The diarrhoea can be severe, and lead to dehydration. Vomiting and fever are also common in babies with rotavirus. Since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, hospitalizations and emergency visits for rotavirus have dropped dramatically.
How Does The Rotavirus Vaccine Work:
The vaccine is built up of full dead cells of the Rotavirus, thus giving children immunity from this virus.
Doses are recommended at these ages:
Your child must get the first dose of rotavirus vaccine before 15 weeks of age, and the last by age 8 months. Rotavirus vaccine may safely be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Almost all babies who get rotavirus vaccine will be protected from severe rotavirus diarrhoea. And most of these babies will not get rotavirus diarrhea at all.
The vaccine will not prevent diarrhea or vomiting caused by other germs.
Another virus called porcine circovirus (or parts of it) can be found in both rotavirus vaccines.
Which Babies Should Not Get This Vaccine
Babies who are mildly ill can get the vaccine. Babies who are moderately or severely ill should wait until they recover. This includes babies with moderate or severe diarrhea or vomiting.