Rotavirus - Rotateq/Rotarix Vaccine in Toronto
What is rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that causes rotavirus gastroenteritis. This virus can strike without warning and can be a serious threat to an infant’s health.
Some children will show no symptoms or have few symptoms, while others may have a severe case. Rotavirus gastroenteritis causes vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and water diarrhea. Severe cases may have more than 20 episodes of vomiting or diarrhea a day lasting for 3-9 days. Vomiting which characterizes rotavirus occurs more often and makes hydration very difficult.
Rotavirus vaccine: Who and when?
There are two oral vaccines available called Rotarix and Rotateq. Both are very effective in preventing complications from Rotavirus infection.
Rotateq is administered in three doses. The first dose of Rotateq should be given at 6-12 weeks of age. The following doses should be given in intervals of 4 to 10 weeks between each dose.
Rotarix is given in two doses starting at 6-12 weeks of age and second dose 6-12 weeks later.
Risks from rotavirus vaccine
Some mild reactions may include irritability, mild diarrhea and vomiting.
To get your Rotavirus vaccine call the GTA Travel Clinic and Vaccination Centre at 905 303 1900. We cover the GTA Toronto, Richmond Hill and Woodbridge areas for Rotavirus Vaccine
Please note: The information in this document is provided for general information purposes only. Nothing takes the place of speaking with a travel doctor. This information and your receipt thereof is not intended to be, nor shall be deemed to be, informed consent by you to any medical care or treatment whatsoever. Please consult our doctors at the GTA Travel Clinic and Vaccination Centre for a proper medical assessment.
Please note that the vaccine is not a benefit of O.H.I.P.
If you have private health insurance through work or school you may be covered for vaccines. With your payment we will provide you with an invoice (with the unique Drug Identification Number for each vaccine) so you can claim your expenses back from your insurance company.
Insurance companies will require Drug Identification Numbers for each vaccine in order to reimburse you.
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