The rotavirus vaccine helps protect you against rotavirus. Rotavirus can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, fever and dehydration and if not treated can lead to shock and death.
The vaccine contains small amounts of the live virus.
Some people may not be able to receive a live vaccine for medical reasons, please discuss with your doctor or immunisation provider for further information.
If your baby has had intussusception (a type of bowel obstruction) previoulsy, they should not receive the vaccine. Speak to your immunisation provider for more information.
The rotavirus vaccine is available free as part of the National Immunisation Program and is offered to children at 6 weeks of age and 4 months of age. Australian children are given the brand Rotarix ®, which requires all children to have two doses. The first dose should be administered between 6 to 14 weeks of age and the second dose administered between 10 to 24 weeks of age. No doses should be given after the end of the 24th week of age.
How the rotavirus vaccine is given
The rotavirus vaccine is given as a liquid which is swallowed.
Possible side effects of the rotavirus vaccine
Like any medications, the rotavirus vaccine can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
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