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How is the rotavirus (RV) vaccine given?

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There are two brands of the rotavirus vaccine -- RotaTeq (RV5) and Rotarix (RV1). Both vaccines are given orally, not as a shot. The only difference is the number of doses that need to be given.

With RotaTeq, three doses are required. They should be given at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. Rotarix only requires two doses -- at 2 months and 4 months.

The vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.

From: Rotavirus (RV) Vaccine WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Shui, I.M. , 2012. Journal of the American Medical Association

Tamara R. Kuittinen, MD, director, medical education, department of emergency medicine, Lenox-Hill Hospital, New York.

PATH Rotavirus Vaccine Program: "New studies show rotavirus vaccines have led to dramatic reduction in US severe rotavirus disease."

WebMD Health News: "Rotavirus Vaccine a Success Story."

Kidshealth.org: "Infections: Rotavirus."

CDC: "Rotavirus Vaccination."

CDC: "About Rotavirus."

New England Journal of Medicine web site.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Shui, I.M. , 2012. Journal of the American Medical Association

Tamara R. Kuittinen, MD, director, medical education, department of emergency medicine, Lenox-Hill Hospital, New York.

PATH Rotavirus Vaccine Program: "New studies show rotavirus vaccines have led to dramatic reduction in US severe rotavirus disease."

WebMD Health News: "Rotavirus Vaccine a Success Story."

Kidshealth.org: "Infections: Rotavirus."

CDC: "Rotavirus Vaccination."

CDC: "About Rotavirus."

New England Journal of Medicine web site.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

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