Rotavirus Vaccination: Information for Health Care Professionals
One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease
CDC recommends that infants get rotavirus vaccine to protect against rotavirus disease. Two types of rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for use in infants in the United States.
- RotaTeq® (RV5) has been approved for use since 2006, and is given in three doses, one dose at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months of age.
- Rotarix® (RV1) has been approved for use since 2008, and is given in two doses, one dose at 2 months and 4 months of age.
This first dose of either vaccine should be given before a child is 15 weeks of age. Also, infants should receive all doses of rotavirus vaccine before they turn 8 months old. Both vaccines are given by putting drops in the infant’s mouth.
Rotavirus Vaccine RecommendationsACIP vaccine recommendations and the contraindications and precautions for rotavirus vaccination
About the VaccineInformation about rotavirus vaccine composition, dosage, and administration as well as vaccine effectiveness and duration of protection
Storage and HandlingGeneral information about vaccine storage and handling as well as rotavirus-specific storage practices and guidelines
Administering the VaccineAdministering rotavirus with other vaccines, VIS and possible vaccine administration errors
References and ResourcesMaterials for patients and resources for providers
You Call the Shots
You Call the Shots is an interactive, training course. It consists of a series of modules that discuss vaccine-preventable diseases and explain the latest recommendations for vaccine use. Each module provides learning opportunities, self-test practice questions, reference and resource materials, and an extensive glossary.
The "Pink Book" contains the most comprehensive information on routinely used vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
Six reference appendices include: vaccine minimum ages and intervals, current and discontinued vaccines, vaccine contents, foreign vaccine terms, and more.
- Page last reviewed: November 22, 2016
- Page last updated: November 22, 2016
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