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Rotavirus vaccine

A rotavirus vaccine was first introduced in the USA in 1998; however, it was withdrawn the following year because it caused intussusception, a potentially serious gut disorder, causing obstruction of the bowel that requires surgery in some children. Since then two new vaccines have been introduced: Rotarix in 2004, and RotaTeq in 2006.

Side effects

Both currently available vaccines can rarely cause intussusception in up to 1 in 20,000 of infants vaccinated. Rotarix, offered by BabyJabs, is a ‘live’ vaccine, containing live rotavirus that has been altered to become relatively harmless. It is given by mouth, not by injection.


The vaccine protects 8-9 out of 10 children in developed countries against any rotavirus infection, but is far less effective in children in developing countries.
It is not yet known how long protection lasts for.
The vaccine commonly causes loss of appetite and irritability, and may also cause fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, wind and abdominal pain.

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