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Vaccination

Rotavirus vaccination is the best way to protect children against rotavirus disease. The vaccines are very effective at preventing severe rotavirus disease in infants and young children.

Two rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for vaccinating infants in the United States:

  • RotaTeq® (RV5) is given in 3 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months
  • Rotarix® (RV1) is given in 2 doses at ages 2 months and 4 months

Both vaccines are given by mouth (orally), not by a shot.

This first dose of either vaccine is most effective if it is given before a child is 15 weeks of age. Also, children should receive all doses of rotavirus vaccine before they turn 8 months old.

For Those Getting Vaccinated

Clinical Information for Healthcare Professionals

Nurse administering vaccine to babyRotavirus references and resources, provider education tools, and materials for patients

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