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Common Side Effects

The rotavirus vaccine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of children given rotavirus vaccines were documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of children given a placebo (with no active ingredient). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compare to the placebo group.
In these studies, the most common rotavirus vaccine side effects (that occurred more commonly with the rotavirus vaccine than with the placebo) included vomiting and diarrhea.
(Click Rotarix Side Effects and RotaTeq Side Effects for a more complete listing of the possible side effects of each vaccine.)

Final Thoughts

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the rotavirus vaccine side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your child's healthcare provider to know beforehand if your child will have side effects from a vaccine.
Therefore, make sure to let your child's healthcare provider know if your child develops any side effects after getting vaccinated. Also, let your child's healthcare provider know if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a rotavirus vaccine side effect, your child's healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem (or simply provide reassurance, if necessary).
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