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RotaTeq Side Effects

Ear infection, vomiting, and diarrhea are the most common side effects that have been reported with RotaTeq. Problems with the vaccine are often mild and, in most cases, either do not require treatment or can be treated easily. Some of the rare but serious side effects of this product (that require immediate medical attention) include high fever, seizures, and unusual behavior changes.

An Introduction to RotaTeq Side Effects

As with all vaccines, side effects are possible with RotaTeq® (rotavirus vaccine). However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will have problems. In fact, most children tolerate it quite well. 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.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with RotaTeq. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of RotaTeq side effects with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of RotaTeq

RotaTeq has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of children given the vaccine were documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of children given a placebo (with no active ingredient). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compare to the placebo group.
 
In these studies, the most common side effects with this vaccine (that occurred more frequently than in the group given the placebo) included:
 
  • Diarrhea -- in up to 24.1 percent of children
  • Vomiting -- up to 15.2 percent
  • Ear infection -- up to 14.5 percent
  • Sore throat and runny nose -- up to 6.9 percent.
     
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RotaTeq Vaccine Information

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