Rotavirus vaccine is the best way to protect your child against rotavirus disease.
Most children (about 9 out of 10) who get the vaccine will be protected from severe rotavirus disease. About 7 out of 10 children will be protected from rotavirus disease of any severity.
Two rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for infants in the United States:
- 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
The first dose of either vaccine should be given before a child is 15 weeks of age. Children should receive all doses of rotavirus vaccine before they turn 8 months old.
Both vaccines are given by putting drops in the child’s mouth.
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