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
- Rotavirus Vaccine Basics
Offers comprehensive information about rotavirus vaccines and other educational tools.
- Vaccine Information Statement
- Vaccine Safety-Rotavirus
- Who should not be vaccinated with rotavirus vaccine?
Clinical Information for Healthcare Professionals
Rotavirus references and resources, provider education tools, and materials for patients
- Clinical Information
- Vaccine Recommendations
- References & Resources
- Provider Education
- Materials for Patients
- Page last reviewed: May 12, 2014
- Page last updated: May 12, 2014
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