Rotavirus Vaccine Drug Interactions
The rotavirus vaccine can potentially interact with a few medications (see Drug Interactions With the Rotavirus Vaccine).
Rotarix should be stored in the refrigerator. The diluent (the liquid used to mix the vaccine) portion of Rotarix can be stored at room temperature. Once the vaccine is mixed, it can be stored at room temperature or under refrigeration but must be used within 24 hours.
RotaTeq should be stored in the refrigerator.
Neither vaccine should ever be frozen. Remember that the vaccines contain a live virus that could easily be destroyed by improper storage.
Is There a Generic Version of Rotavirus Vaccine?
Who Makes Rotavirus Vaccines?
Rotarix is made by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, while RotaTeq is made by Merck & Co., Inc.
RotaTeq is available in 2 mL ready-to-use, latex-free tubes. Rotarix comes in vials that contain the freeze-dried vaccine. The freeze-dried vaccine must be mixed with the diluent (the liquid portion in a prefilled oral applicator) before use. Mixing the two components properly results in a 1 mL dose.