Rotavirus vaccine helps to protect children against gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestine resulting in severe vomiting and diarrhoea) caused by a rotavirus infection.
Rotavirus vaccine is to be given orally.
This medicine may be given with or without food.
Your doctor or nurse will administer the vaccine to your child.
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that your child do not miss any doses.
If your child missed an appointment, alert the doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment should be given as soon as possible.
Rotavirus vaccine should not be given if your child ever had a severe allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Rotavirus vaccine.
Alert you doctor if your child has the following conditions:
- previous intussusception (a bowel obstruction in which one segment of bowel becomes enfolded within another segment)
- uncorrected malformation of the gut that could lead to intussusception
- severe combined immunodeficiency or SCID (a rare inherited illness which affects the immune system)
as Rotavirus vaccine may not be suitable for your child.
Inform your doctor if your child has the following conditions:
- stomach or bowel disorder
- weak immune system
- has not been gaining weight or not growing as expected
- illness with fever
Inform your doctor if your child is taking, has recently taken, or has recently received any other vaccine.
Rotavirus vaccine may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach wind, irritability, fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite and inflammation of the middle ear.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if your child experience any of the following:
- swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat (signs of allergic reaction)
- signs and symptoms of intussusception e.g. severe stomach pain, persistent vomiting, blood in stools, swollen belly, and/or high fever.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if your child is taking medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus, methotrexate, azathioprine, prednisone.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.
Protect from light. Light may cause the medication to lose some of its effectiveness.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.