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Rotavirus vaccine overview

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All babies are offered the rotavirus vaccine in their first few months to protect them against a highly infectious stomach bug called rotavirus.

Babies are offered 2 doses of the rotavirus vaccine. The first dose is usually given at 8 weeks and the second dose at 12 weeks.

The rotavirus vaccine offers very good protection against rotavirus and has significantly reduced the number of children who get seriously ill.

The rotavirus vaccine is widely used in many countries and research has shown it’s safe for babies.

Most babies do not have any side effects from the rotavirus vaccine. Some babies may be irritable afterwards or have mild diarrhoea for a few days.

Page last reviewed: 16/04/2020
Next review due: 16/04/2023