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Rotavirus is a virus that causes gastroenteritis, sometimes called the stomach flu. The rotavirus vaccine helps protect babies against diarrhea and vomiting caused by rotavirus. The rotavirus vaccine is part of the immunization schedule for infants and children in B.C. There are two rotavirus vaccines available. Depending on the vaccine given, children need either 2 doses (Rotarix®) or 3 doses (RotaTeq®).
For more information on the rotavirus vaccine, see:
- HealthLinkBC File #104 Rotavirus Vaccine (RotaTeq)
- HealthLinkBC File #104a Rotavirus Vaccine (Rotarix)
See B.C. Immunization Schedules for more information, including the schedule for infants and children.
Current as of: May 27, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease & Christine Hahn MD - Epidemiology