RotaTeq Vaccine Information
The routine childhood vaccine RotaTeq® (rotavirus vaccine) is approved to prevent rotavirus, a virus that can cause severe diarrhea in infants and young children. Rotavirus is the leading cause of diarrhea in infants and young children in the United States and can sometimes result in hospitalization.
RotaTeq is a live attenuated vaccine, meaning that it contains the living virus which has been altered in such a way as to prevent it from actually causing disease. However, the body's immune system still responds to it, providing future protection from the disease.
The vaccine is given by mouth as a series of three separate doses, each given 4 to 10 weeks apart. The vaccination schedule usually coincides nicely with standard well-baby visits. RotaTeq is given by mouth; your child's healthcare provider will squeeze a small plastic vial to gently deliver the vaccine to your child's mouth.
If you still have questions about the RotaTeq vaccine after reading this article (or our other articles on this topic), talk to your child's healthcare provider. He or she knows your child's situation best.
(For more information on this vaccine, click RotaTeq. This article covers topics such as warnings, potential side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.)