Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rotavirus Vaccine

Generic name: Live attenuated human rotavirus RI4414 strain
Brand Names: RotarixTM by GlaxoSmithKline
Why is it given?

             For the prevention of gastroenteritis  caused by rotavirus
How is it given?
Oral use only
How many times is it given?
When is it given?
                1st dose is 6weeks old  but not later than 16 weeks
                2nd dose is one month after the first dose but not later than 32 weeks
What are common complications?
                Irritability, Loss of appetite,  diarrhea, vomiting, regurgitation of food, flatulence