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Rotavirus Vaccine

Alternative Text By: MamyPoko | May 27, 2019

As the name suggests, Rotavirus vaccine protects against Rotavirus which is one the most common viral diarrhea in kids less than 2 years’ age group.

Symptoms

It can cause severe diarrhoea, vomiting, fever stomach-ache and dehydration. It has no significant correlation to hygiene status, hence, all the kids are equally susceptible.

How does it spread?

It spreads by feco-oral route which means it gets excreted in stools of infected children and spreads through soiled hands and objects.

There are 4 types of vaccines-

  • Rotarix
  • Rotateq
  • Rotasure
  • Rotasiil

Rotarix is given in 2 doses while all others are given in 3 doses before the age of 6 months. The 1st dose cannot be given post 104 days’ age and the last dose cannot be given post 8 completed months.

Let’s ensure that our kids are immunised against Rotavirus by keeping the immunisation schedule sacrosanct.

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