Most potential side effects of the rotavirus vaccine are mild, but there’s a very small chance of severe complications. For most babies, the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
Rotavirus is a highly contagious type of virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. It most often affects babies and small children.
Before the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in
Each year, the rotavirus vaccine prevents an estimated
Babies should receive their first vaccine dose before the age of
Read on to learn about common and rare side effects of the rotavirus vaccine.
- RotaTeq: administered in three doses, at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months
- Rotarix: administered in two doses, at 2 months and 4 months
The most common side effects include:
Other reported symptoms after rotavirus vaccination
All vaccinations come with some risks, but the benefits of preventing severe disease usually outweigh these risks. Serious side effects of the rotavirus vaccine are rare.
There’s a very small risk of developing intussusception, usually a
Children who received an older vaccine called RotaShield, which was removed from the market in 1999, had about a
Severe allergic reaction
A severe allergic reaction can occur from any vaccine, though it’s very rare. It’s estimated to occur in less than
Most side effects last no longer than a
It’s important to call your baby’s doctor right away if you think they have intussusception.
Some warning signs include:
- blood and mucus in stool
- vomiting bile, a yellow-green fluid
- severe crying or vomiting that may come and go
- being very lethargic
Call 911 or take your baby to the nearest emergency room if you think they are having a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms usually appear within
minutes to hoursand may include:
- mouth, throat, or facial swelling
- trouble breathing
Here are some frequently asked questions people have about rotavirus vaccine side effects.
How long are babies unsettled with side effects after the rotavirus vaccine?
Most babies who have side effects recover within a couple of days. Some side effects might not appear for up to a week.
What is the most common adverse reaction to rotavirus vaccines?
Should some babies not receive the rotavirus vaccine?
- had a previous episode of intussusception
- had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose
- had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the rotavirus vaccine
- have severe combined immunodeficiency
The rotavirus vaccine is important for preventing severe rotavirus infection in babies. Most babies who receive the vaccine don’t have any side effects. When side effects do appear, they’re usually mild.
Severe side effects are very rare, but they can include intussusception and a severe allergic reaction. Seek immediate medical attention if your baby develops signs of these conditions.