ROTARIX is a vaccine that protects your baby from a kind of virus (called a rotavirus) that can cause bad diarrhea and vomiting. Rotavirus can cause diarrhea and vomiting that is so bad that your baby can lose too much body fluid and need to go to the hospital.
Rotavirus vaccine is a liquid that is given to your baby by mouth. It is not a shot.
Who should not take ROTARIX?
Your baby should not get ROTARIX if:
He or she has had an allergic reaction after getting a dose of ROTARIX.
He or she is allergic to any of the ingredients of this vaccine. A list of ingredients can be found at the end of this leaflet.
A doctor has told you that your baby’s digestive system has a defect (is not normal).
He or she has a history of a serious problem called intussusception that happens when a part of the intestine gets blocked or twisted.
He or she has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID), a severe problem with his/her immune system.
Tell your doctor if your baby:
Is allergic to latex.
Has problems with his/her immune system.
If your baby has been having diarrhea and vomiting, your doctor may want to wait
before giving your baby a dose of ROTARIX.
What are possible side effects of ROTARIX?
The most common side effects of ROTARIX are:
Loss of appetite
Call your doctor right away or go to the emergency department if your baby has any of these problems after getting ROTARIX, especially if symptoms occur in the first 7 days after the first dose, but even if it has been several weeks since the last vaccine dose because these may be signs of a serious problem called intussusception:
Bloody bowel movement
Severe stomach pain (if your baby brings his/her knees to his/her chest while crying or screaming).
How is ROTARIX given?
ROTARIX is a liquid that is dropped into your baby’s mouth and swallowed.
Administration of ROTARIX
Your baby will get the first dose at around 6 weeks old.
The second dose will be at least 4 weeks after the first dose (before 6 months old).
Be sure to plan the time for your baby’s second dose with the doctor because it is important that your baby gets both doses of ROTARIX before your baby is 6 months old.
The doctor may decide to give your baby shots at the same time as ROTARIX.
Your baby can be fed normally after getting ROTARIX.
What are the ingredients in ROTARIX?
ROTARIX contains weakened human rotavirus.
ROTARIX is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline