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Vaccines and Preventable Diseases:

Rotavirus Vaccination
Pronounced "row-tuh-virus"

Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea) among children worldwide. The rotavirus vaccine currently licensed in the United States, Rotateq, has shown to be quite effective against rotavirus disease. This vaccine will prevent 74 percent of all rotavirus cases, about 98 percent of severe cases, and about 96 percent of hospitalizations due to rotavirus.

Rotavirus vaccination
Unusual Rotavirus Season May Be Due to Newly Introduced Vaccine

CDC has issued an interim report describing marked changes in rotavirus activity in the ongoing 2007–08 U.S. rotavirus season. The report indicates that rotavirus activity started considerably later and was much less extensive compared with activity in previous years. These changes coincide with increasing use of rotavirus vaccine among infants.

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Vaccine Safety

As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

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Who Should Not be Vaccinated?

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This page last modified on September 29, 2008
Content last reviewed on May 14, 2007
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

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