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Rotavirus vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect your child against rotaviral diarrhea.

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

Did you know?
  • Vaccination can help protect against rotavirus disease.
  • Rotavirus infects nearly every child by the age of 3-5 years and is globally the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea in children under the age of 5 years.
Don’t Delay!

Talk to your doctor about the Rotavirus Diarrhea Vaccination.

What is Rotavirus?

Rotavirus is a virus that causes severe diarrhea and vomiting. It affects mostly babies and young children. Diarrhea and vomiting can lead to serious dehydration (loss of body fluid). If dehydration is not treated, it can be deadly. It infects every child below the age of 5 years all over the world.

How is Rotavirus transmitted?

The virus can easily spread through the mouth and spreads by contact with contaminated faeces (poop). This can happen if:

  • You put unwashed hands that are contaminated in your mouth
  • Touch contaminated objects or surfaces then put your fingers in your mouth
  • Or ingest contaminated food

Rotaviruses can be shed for several days in very high concentrations in the faeces and vomit of infected individuals. People shed the rotavirus the most, and are more likely to infect others during symptoms and during the first 3 days after they recover. People with rotavirus can also infect others before they have symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Rotavirus?

Rotavirus disease typically occurs quickly (in about 2 days), characterised by vomiting and watery diarrhea for 3 to 8 days.

The symptoms of rotavirus disease vary, ranging from loose stools to severe diarrhea and vomiting, causing dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and shock leading to death.

Fever, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite can also occur.

When should a child receive the Rotavirus Vaccination?

According to ACVIP (IAP), vaccination for rotaviral diarrhea should start from six weeks.

Please consult your paediatrician for more information on vaccination.

However, consult your doctor for more information.

What are the common side effects associated with Rotavirus Vaccination?

Side effects are uncommon, usually mild, and may include fussiness, vomiting and diarrhea.

There have been a few cases of intussusception (a type of bowel blockage) within a week after the first or second dose of the Rotavirus vaccination.

For more details on side effects, please consult your doctor.

FAQs

Who is at risk from Rotavirus?

Rotavirus disease is most common in infants and young children. Rotaviruses infect nearly every child by the age of 3-5 years and are globally the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea in children under the age of 5 years.

Is Rotavirus Diarrhea different from other types of diarrhea?

Yes, Rotavirus Diarrhea is different from other types of diarrhea. The baby may suffer from fever, vomiting, and severe diarrhea. Diarrhea may happen more than 15 times a day and may continue up to 9 days. This leads to severe dehydration which often requires hospitalisation.

How common is Rotavirus Diarrhea in India?

As per estimates, 8.7 Lac hospitalisations occur annually in India due to Rotavirus diarrhea. i.e. 1 in every 31 children are at risk of hospitalisation due to rotavirus. The first year of life is the period of highest risk among children in India.

I take a lot of care with my baby’s hygiene. Do I still need to worry about Rotavirus Diarrhea?

Yes. Rotavirus Diarrhea cannot be avoided even with improved hygiene and sanitation, because Rotavirus is a tough virus. It can live on objects for several days. It is very hard to prevent Rotavirus with just hand washing and cleaning with a disinfectant.

Can't I manage dehydration due to Rotavirus Diarrhea with ORS at home?

Vomiting takes place more commonly in children with Rotavirus Diarrhea making oral rehydration difficult. This is followed by severe watery diarrhea. Thus, babies tend to lose a lot of body fluids that need to be replaced urgently often needing hospitalisation.

Consult your doctor for more information on Rotavirus Diarrhea management.

How do I protect my baby from Rotavirus Diarrhea?

Good hygiene like handwashing and cleanliness are important, but are not enough to control the spread of the disease. Rotavirus vaccination is one of the ways to protect your child against the rotavirus illness. Consult your doctor for more information about rotavirus vaccination.

Will my baby not suffer from diarrhea after Rotavirus vaccination?

Diarrhea can be caused by various viruses and bacteria. However, Rotavirus is one of the commonest causes of severe dehydrating diarrhea which can lead to hospitalisation. Vaccination against Rotavirus protects your baby against this serious type of dehydrating diarrhea and associated hospitalisation caused by Rotavirus only.

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India.

Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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