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Rotavirus

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children.
The virus can live on surfaces for months. It spreads when contaminated hands, toys, or other objects touch the mouth.
Common symptoms of rotavirus disease include high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Children often stop eating and drinking and become dehydrated (lose fluids). Around the world, rotavirus kills about a half million infants and young children every year.
Rotavirus is a very common disease in infants and young children. Almost all unvaccinated children get infected with rotavirus before they are 5 years old. Even if you wash your hands and keep everything really clean, your child can still get infected if not vaccinated.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent rotavirus.
Rotavirus Vaccine Schedule
You can protect your child from rotavirus with vaccination. All children should get 2 or 3 doses (depending on the brand) of rotavirus vaccine starting at 2 months of age. The vaccine is a liquid that is swallowed.
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Rotavirus
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Find fact sheets for parents and children, resources, multimedia, and more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
>> Rotavirus Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
Infections: Rotavirus
Kids Health: Rotavirus
About the infection, including signs and symptoms, contagiousness, prevention, incubation, duration and treatment from KidsHealth
A Look at Each Vaccine: Rotavirus
A Look at Each Vaccine: Rotavirus Vaccine
Questions and answers about the disease and vaccines from the Vaccine Education Center
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Video Library
Video: A Vaccine's Remarkable Impact
A Vaccine's Remarkable Impact: Rotavirus kills 2 million children per year worldwide. Its impact hit Nicaraguan children hard. But in 2006, a vaccine came to the villages. And the results are remarkable. Video from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
>> view all rotavirus videos
Personal Testimonies
Stories of suffering and loss from rotavirus
Holly's Experience with Rotavirus
Two Children Hospitalized with Rotavirus
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More Rotavirus Information
Rotavirus: Make sure your child is protected
Rotavirus Is a Serious Disease…Make Sure your Child is Protected! (IAC)
1-page summary for parents
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Rotavirus: Questions and Answers (IAC)
Rotavirus: Questions and Answers (IAC)
Rotavirus disease and vaccine information
Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots (IAC)
Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots (IAC)
By Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Vaccine (Drops) for Rotavirus (CDC)
Vaccine (Drops) for Rotavirus (CDC)
Frequently asked questions
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Rotavirus: What You Should Know (VEC)
Rotavirus: What You Should Know (VEC)
Rotavirus Q&A fact sheet
>> Spanish-language
Rotavirus Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
>> view rotavirus photos
 
This page was updated on July 5, 2021.
This page was reviewed on July 5, 2021.
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