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What is Rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a commonly occurring virus known to cause vomiting and diarrhea in the infants and young kids. Childcare centers are known to be the common sites of rotavirus outbreaks.
Rotavirus vaccine is given orally as a liquid. It is to be given at ages:
Why Your Child Needs This Vaccine?
As stated, the rotavirus is known to cause serious diarrhea in kids which leads to dehydration and, in some cases, hospitalization. The rotavirus vaccine helps in stopping the spread of this virus in the community, and also protects the vaccinated kids.
Risk Associated with the Vaccine
The side effects of the rotavirus vaccine are quite mild and often include diarrhea, vomiting, as well as slight fever.
When not to give the vaccine
You should delay or postpone the vaccine, if:
1)Your child is presently sick, however; there is no harm in giving the vaccine in case of simple cold or minor illnesses.
2)Your child has had serious allergic reaction during the previous dose of rotavirus vaccine.
3)Your child has SCID i.e. serious combined immune deficiency which happens to be a genetic disorder
4)Your child is allergic to latex, as one among the rotavirus vaccine brands makes use of latex applicator.
You must consult the doctor before vaccinating your child if he or she has:
Child Care Post Vaccination
Depending upon your child's age, you can treat the fever with proper doses of medicines as prescribed by the doctor. If he or she vomits or has diarrhea, give small, and frequent amounts of fluid. Also look for dehydration signs like less urine than normal.
Can Rotavirus be given with other vaccines?
Yes, there is no harm in giving the rotavirus vaccine with other vaccines.
When to seek medical help
You must seek medical help, if you have any confusion regarding vaccinating your child with rotavirus vaccine or there occur some severe problems post the immunization.
On extremely rare occasions will some kids develop intussusception in a week of receiving the first dose of this vaccine. Watch out if there are any intussusception signs after the first dose, which include intense abdominal pain along with uncontrollable crying; vomiting; presence of blood or mucus in the poop; weakness, drowsiness, or fussiness.