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The rotavirus vaccine is used to protect against rotavirus, a virus that can cause severe diarrhea in young children. It comes in two forms; one (Rotarix) is given as two doses, and the other (RotaTeq) requires three doses. The vaccine is given by mouth and is often part of a child's routine childhood vaccination schedule.
What Is the Rotavirus Vaccine?
Currently Marketed Rotavirus Vaccines
- Rotarix is given as two doses, while RotaTeq requires three doses.
- The Rotarix two-dose series can be completed before the RotaTeq three-dose series.
- Although both vaccines are given by mouth, RotaTeq comes in ready-to-use tubes, while Rotarix requires a little preparation by the healthcare provider (to mix it).
- RotaTeq was approved before Rotarix, so most healthcare providers have more experience with RotaTeq.
- Children with latex allergies should not take Rotarix; this is not a problem with RotaTeq.
- Rotarix protects against the G1, G3, G4, and G9 types of rotavirus, while RotaTeq protects against the G1, G2, G3, and G4 types. As expected, the manufacturers of both vaccines argue that their particular vaccine provides better protection, due to these differences in protection against the various types of rotavirus.