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Rotarix Vaccine


Rotarix Vaccine




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Why do I need this medicine?
Rotavirus vaccine helps to protect children against gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestine resulting in severe vomiting and diarrhoea) caused by a rotavirus infection.

How do I take this medicine?
Rotavirus vaccine is to be given orally.
This medicine may be given with or without food.
Your doctor or nurse will administer the vaccine to your child.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that your child do not miss any doses.

If your child missed an appointment, alert the doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment should be given as soon as possible.

When should I not use this medicine?
Rotavirus vaccine should not be given if your child ever had a severe allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Rotavirus vaccine.

Alert you doctor if your child has the following conditions:
  • previous intussusception (a bowel obstruction in which one segment of bowel becomes enfolded within another segment)
  • uncorrected malformation of the gut that could lead to intussusception
  • severe combined immunodeficiency or SCID (a rare inherited illness which affects the immune system)
as Rotavirus vaccine may not be suitable for your child.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if your child has the following conditions:
  • stomach or bowel disorder
  • weak immune system
  • has not been gaining weight or not growing as expected
  • illness with fever
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
Inform your doctor if your child is taking, has recently taken, or has recently received any other vaccine.

What side effects could I experience?
Rotavirus vaccine may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach wind, irritability, fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite and inflammation of the middle ear.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if your child experience any of the following:
  • swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat (signs of allergic reaction)
  • signs and symptoms of intussusception e.g. severe stomach pain, persistent vomiting, blood in stools, swollen belly, and/or high fever.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if your child is taking medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus, methotrexate, azathioprine, prednisone.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

How should I store this medicine?
Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.
Protect from light. Light may cause the medication to lose some of its effectiveness.

Dosage/Direction for Use
The vaccination course consists of two doses. The first dose may be administered from the age of 6 weeks. There should be an interval of at least 4 weeks between doses. The vaccination course should be completed by the age of 24 weeks.
Rotarix may be given to preterm infants with the same posology.
In clinical trials, spitting or regurgitation of the vaccine has rarely been observed and, under such circumstances, a replacement dose was not given. However, in the unlikely event that an infant spits out or regurgitates most of the vaccine dose, a single replacement dose may be given at the same vaccination visit.
It is strongly recommended that infants who receive a first dose of Rotarix complete the 2- dose regimen with Rotarix.

Drug Interactions
Rotarix can be given concomitantly with any of the following monovalent or combination vaccines [including hexavalent vaccines (DTPa-HBV-IPV/Hib)]: diphtheria-tetanus-whole cell pertussis vaccine (DTPw), diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine (DTPa), Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Hib), inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), hepatitis B vaccine (HBV), pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccine. Clinical studies demonstrated that the immune responses to and the safety profiles of the administered vaccines were unaffected.
Concomitant administration of Rotarix and oral polio vaccine (OPV) does not affect the immune response to the polio antigens. Although concomitant administration of OPV may slightly reduce the immune response to rotavirus vaccine, clinical protection against severe rotavirus gastro-enteritis was shown to be maintained.

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