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Rotavirus Vaccines RotaTeq (RV5) and Rotarix (RV1)

Rotavirus is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea among children in the world. Nearly every child is affected by the age of 5. In Hong Kong, 1 out of 25 of children younger than 5 years old have be hospitalized because of rotavirus infection.The disease is transmitted mainly by contact of infections materials or contaminated surface. Therefore, infants and young children, who frequently put their hands or toys into their mouths are easily infected.Symptoms include fever, vomiting, watery diarrhoea and abdominal pain, which last 3-7 days in most healthy children. However, repeated vomiting and diarrhoea can result in severe dehydration occasionally, especially among young infants. Reinfection is also common because of the incomplete immunity after the first infection.

Vaccination is the most efficient way for preventing rotavirus gastroenteritis. It can reduce up to 95% of severe rotavirus infection. The rotavirus vaccine is in a liquid form and is given by mouth. There is no injection needed.

Two brands of vaccines, RotaTeq (RV5) and Rotarix (RV1), are available in HK. RotaTeq (RV5) is a live human / cow reassortment vaccine which contains G1, G2, G3, G4 & P1(8) serotypes, and is given at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, total 3 doses. Rotarix (RV1) is a human live attenuated vaccine, which contains G1P(8) serotype, and is given at 2 and 4 months of age, total 2 doses. Both vaccines have comparable efficiency and very safe side effect profiles.

We would recommend that all babies between 2-6 months to receive the vaccine.

Please call our staff at 2526 6332 for information.