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RotaTeq Side Effects

Side Effects to Report

There are a number of rare but serious side effects with RotaTeq or other childhood vaccines that you should report to your child's healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • A high fever
  • Any unusual behavior changes (aside from the usual fussiness that typically occurs after vaccinations)
  • Seizures
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:


    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.


A previously marketed rotavirus vaccine (RotaShield®) was taken off the market due to the risk of a serious intestinal side effect known as intussusception (when one portion of the bowel slides over the other, creating a blockage). This does not appear to be a problem with RotaTeq, though. Nonetheless, it is important to seek immediate medical attention if your child develops symptoms of this problem, such as:
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Inconsolable shrieking
  • Bringing the knees to the chest
  • Bright-red "currant jelly" stool
  • Vomiting of green bile.
Very rare cases of Kawasaki disease have also been reported (too rare to know if there is any link to the vaccine). This disorder can be life-threatening if left untreated. Signs of Kawasaki disease include:
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Red mouth and eyes
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Swollen glands.

Final Thoughts

It is possible that your child may experience some or none of the RotaTeq side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your child's healthcare provider to know beforehand if your child will have side effects from the vaccine.
Therefore, make sure to let your child's healthcare provider know if your child develops any side effects or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a RotaTeq side effect, your child's healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem (or to provide reassurance if nothing is the matter).
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