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Rotavirus

Rotavirus is one of the most serious causes of 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
>> CDC Feature Rotavirus
Infections: Rotavirus
Infections: 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
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: Make sure your child is protected
Vaccine summary for parents
>> Spanish-language
Rotavirus: Questions & Answers
Rotavirus Q&As
Rotavirus disease and vaccine information
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots
Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots
By Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Rotavirus: Overview for Parents
Overview for Parents
Frequently asked questions
>> Spanish-language
Rotavirus Fact Sheet
Rotavirus Fact Sheet
More in-depth information, includes a real-life story
Rotavirus: What You Should Know
What You Should Know
Rotavirus Q&A fact sheet
>> Spanish-language
Rotavirus Photos
Some of the images are quite graphic
>> view rotavirus photos
 
This page was reviewed on March 3, 2014
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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a non-profit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.