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General Information on Rotavirus Vaccine

Generic Name : Rotavirus Vaccine

Pronunciation : ROE-ta-vye-rus VAX-een, lyve

Latest prescription information about Rotavirus Vaccine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y59.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Immunizing Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Rotavirus Vaccine

International- Rotarix, RotaTeq.

Why is Rotavirus Vaccine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a vaccine, prescribed for the prevention of rotavirus gastroenteritis caused by G1 and non-G1 types in infants and children. It helps the immune system to protect against rotavirus.

When should Rotavirus Vaccine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with uncorrected congenital malformation of the gastrointestinal tract.

What is the dosage of Rotavirus Vaccine?

The vaccination series consists of two 1-mL doses administered orally. The first dose should be administered to infants beginning at 6 weeks of age. There should be an interval of at least 4 weeks between the first and second dose. The 2-dose series should be completed by 24 weeks of age.

How should Rotavirus Vaccine be taken?

It comes as a solution to take by mouth.

What are the warnings and precautions for Rotavirus Vaccine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of gastrointestinal disorders, poor immunity and any allergy.

The healthcare provider should inform the parents or guardians about the possible adverse reactions.

What are the side effects of Rotavirus Vaccine?

  Most Common: Fussiness, irritability, cough, runny nose, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
  Serious: Death and intestinal blockage.
  Blood and Lymphatic: Decrease in platelets and bruising.
  Gastrointestinal: Blood in the stools and intussusception.
  General: Maladministration.

What are the other precautions for Rotavirus Vaccine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Rotavirus Vaccine?

Vial- Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8C).
Diluent- The diluent may be stored at a controlled room temperature 20 to 25C. Do not freeze. Discard if the diluent has been frozen.

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