Rotavirus

Rotavirus commonly causes severe, watery diarrhea and vomiting in infants and young children. Children may become dehydrated and need to be hospitalized and can even die. Protect your child with rotavirus vaccine.

Vaccination
Newborn baby getting rotavirus vaccine.

Rotavirus vaccines are very effective at preventing rotavirus disease. Infants should get either of the two available rotavirus vaccines:

  • RotaTeq® is given in 3 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months
  • Rotarix® is given in 2 doses at ages 2 months and 4 months.

CDC examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017, showing mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults. However, one unvaccinated child died.

Medscape: Rotavirus Is Still With Us - How to Prevent an Outbreak

Rotavirus Is Still With Us–How to Prevent an Outbreakexternal icon
[3:50 mins]
December 2018

How Rotavirus Spreads
Baby getting dressed

People who are infected with rotavirus shed the virus in their stool (poop). If you get rotavirus particles in your mouth, you can get sick. This can happen if you

  • put your unwashed hands that are contaminated with poop into your mouth
  • touch contaminated objects or surfaces then put your fingers in your mouth
  • eat contaminated food
Page last reviewed: November 5, 2019