Rotavirus Vaccines

Rotavirus vaccines are associated with a very small risk of intussusception, but that is not a good reason to miss the benefits of this vaccine.
Rotavirus vaccines are associated with a very small risk of intussusception, but that is not a good reason to miss the benefits of this vaccine. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD

The first rotavirus vaccines, RotaShield, was licensed in the United States in 1998. This live rotavirus vaccine was found to be associated with intussusception, so was quickly taken off the market.

It would be another eight years before RotaTeq, a new rotavirus vaccine would be licensed. It was soon followed by Rotarix.

Today, all children get their first dose of one of these rotavirus vaccines when they are two months old, completely a two or three dose series by the time they are eight months old.

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