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What is it?

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe stomach flu in infants and young children. Symptoms are high fever and vomiting, followed by diarrhea. These symptoms can cause the child to lose body fluids and become dehydrated, which can lead to hospitalization. It is found in the stool (feces) of infected persons and spreads when a person puts something (food, water, hands, or an object) into his or her mouth that has infected feces on or in it.

What can I do?

Two rotavirus vaccines are licensed in the U.S. One is given in two doses, at two and four months of age. The other is given in three doses, at two, four, and six months of age.

Is it safe?

Yes, the rotavirus vaccine is safe. No serious adverse events have been reported.

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* - Your child should get the vaccine at this age or age range. If he misses a dose, get it as soon as possible. † - Your child may get this dose depending on the type of vaccine used. Ask your doctor or nurse for more information.