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Rotavirus vaccine. Does Rotatek need children?

When I talk about the vaccine against rotavirus, I immediately recall the meme: “Have you already managed to make Rotatek a child?” And in the picture is a character with a stern look. The period of summer rest only reached the middle. Someone else plans to relax in early autumn with the whole family. A rotavirus vaccine can save your vacation. I now mean the unpleasant consequences of rotavirus gastroenteritis: high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration. The ending of this story is the Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital (DIB).

All this can be avoided. The RotaTek vaccine prevents 80-90% of hospitalizations due to diarrhea and dehydration.

Rotavirus vaccine: what you need to know

The vaccine against rotavirus is almost always carried out with RotaTek. The disease can occur from case to case, but there are epidemic outbreaks. Rotavirus infection has seasonality, from October to April.

Very often I hear stories in the spirit, “we came to an infectious disease with bronchitis, and as a result they got there with fever and diarrhea. Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital – the “natural center” of rotavirus! ” It’s everywhere, and you can’t hide from it anywhere. Rotavirus infection is highly contagious. Even the strictest personal hygiene rules and all safety precautions will not protect the baby from infection.

Up to 5 years, any child at least once, but will be ill with rotavirus. It often happens that the disease is tolerated twice.

The most interesting thing is that all applicants missed the time of the first vaccination against rotavirus. Parents can refuse RotaTek because the opinion played a role that vaccinations do not have to be done according to the national calendar. “You can start getting vaccinations whenever you want. There will be a successful phase of the moon, an osteopath will give the go-ahead, and then let’s go. ” But to think so is wrong.

Prevention of rotavirus infection

The truth is as old as the world: the prevention of rotavirus infection is better than treatment. The first dose of Rototek is administered orally at the age of 6 to 12 weeks of life. I remind you that this is not an injection, but in fact drops that are instilled into the baby’s mouth. If you suddenly decided to make the first vaccine in 4 months or 8, then this is impossible. No specialist will go against the law. The age category for vaccination is established, and it is impossible otherwise. The third – the last vaccine, you need to enter no later than 32 weeks of life. The interval between vaccinations is 4-6 weeks. Prevention of rotavirus infection prevents severe symptoms of the disease.

Why is the first vaccine given at such an early age? WHO believes that exactly 6 weeks is already an acceptable age. The smaller the child, the harder it is to carry a rotavirus infection. Therefore, it must be protected now. Otherwise, the course of the disease will be extremely complex and dangerous. Vaccination at 6 weeks – insurance for the life of the child.

RotaTek is combined with other vaccines of the National vaccination calendar, except for BCG.

You can keep a calendar of vaccinations for children.

The rotavirus Rotota virus vaccine has virtually no adverse reactions. The instructions say that there is a risk of intestinal intussusception (a type of bowel obstruction). But in the course of research, it was found that the drug, on the contrary, reduces this risk. It should be borne in mind that the frequency of this complication is not comparable with the severe course of rotavirus infection.

The world of medicine is already considering raising the age group for vaccination up to 2 years. But it will take years to get approval, as additional research will be required to weigh the pros and cons.

Single case
One of the mothers reported that a rotavirus was found in the feces in a child. The pediatrician insists on vaccination, but is it possible to do it? It is possible and necessary. Rotavirus in feces can be detected several months after a rotavirus infection. Nothing is possible to do with this, only time. Isolation of rotavirus with feces is not a contraindication to vaccination.

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