Rotavirus spreads easily. Good hygiene like handwashing and cleanliness are important, but are not enough to control the spread of the disease.

There is no specific treatment to treat rotavirus infection, but your doctor may recommend medicines to treat the symptoms.

The best way to protect against dehydration is to drink plenty of liquids. Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) is usually given to take care of dehydration. Severe dehydration may require hospitalization for treatment with intravenous (IV) fluids. If your child is severely dehydrated, contact your doctor immediately.

Vaccines and more:

Rotavirus vaccine is the best way to protect your child against Rotavirus infection. Every infant should get a Rotavirus vaccine. Three doses are recommended at the respective ages:

  • First Dose: 6 weeks of age
  • Second Dose: 10 weeks of age
  • Third Dose: 14 weeks of age

Children should receive all three doses of Rotavirus vaccine before they turn one year old as Rotavirus infection is not a big problem in older children especially those above two years of age.

Are all Rotavirus vaccines the same?

Strains of Rotavirus most commonly prevalent in India:

G1, G2, G3, G4 and G9 strains cause over 90% of rotavirus disease worldwide. Recently, there are reports that G9 strain causes the more severe Rotavirus diarrhea.

There are two types of Rotavirus vaccines based on the no. of strains that they contain -

  • Monovalent: containing only one strain of rotavirus and
  • Pentavalent: containing all five strains of rotavirus, thus offers more coverage compared to Monovalent vaccines

Storage of Rotavirus vaccines:

Maintaining a proper temperature is a must for vaccine to remain stable and effective. All Rotavirus vaccines need storage in refrigerator to maintain the potency. In a diversified country like India, where temperature fluctuations and load shedding is a major challenge, Serum Institute of India has launched World’s First Thermostable Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine which ensures better efficacy. It can be stored below 25 °C throughout the shelf-life. The vaccine contains the most prevalent G1, G2, G3, G4 and G9 strains to give wide coverage.

Ask your doctor today for the World’s First Thermo Stable Pentavalent Rotavirus Vaccine that contains G9 strain.