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When and How to Get Vaccinated

Some general considerations include the following:
  • This vaccine is given as three doses, each given 4 to 10 weeks apart. The dosing 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 your child spits out some or all of the vaccine, a replacement dose is not recommended.
  • There are no dietary restrictions; your child may eat or drink as usual (including breastfeeding) before and after the vaccine.
  • Children can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the child is moderately or severely ill.

Dosing Information for RotaTeq

There is only one standard recommended dosage for this vaccine.
(Click RotaTeq Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any vaccine, RotaTeq may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience side effects. In fact, most children tolerate it well, with only minor side effects (if any).
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
(Click RotaTeq Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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