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Rotavirus Vaccination

Pronounced "row-tuh-virus"

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Rotavirus vaccination

Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and severe diarrhea) among children worldwide. Two different rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for infants in the United States. The vaccines are RotaTeq® (RV5) and Rotarix® (RV1). Before being licensed, both vaccines were tested in clinical trials and shown to be safe and effective. In these studies, during approximately the first year of an infant’s life, rotavirus vaccine was found to prevent almost all (85% to 98%) rotavirus illness episodes that were severe and to prevent 74% to 87% of all rotavirus illness episodes.


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Provider Education

  • Rotavirus: New Challenges, New Opportunities
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    Medscape Education, Sep 2012
    Dr. Daniel Payne (CDC) and Dr. Eileen Klein (Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington) discuss the burden of rotavirus disease worldwide, the burden of rotavirus infection in the United States, and the effects of rotavirus vaccination on disease trends.
  • Rotavirus: Connecting the Dots of a Global Health Crisis
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    Medscape Education Sep 2011
    Dr. Umesh Parashar (CDC) talks about rotavirus disease in the United States and globally, the rotavirus vaccines, and the effectiveness of these vaccines.

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