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Can you still get rotavirus after being vaccinated?

Page last updated 07 May 2020

Yes, however children who are vaccinated are much less likely to get sick and if they do, they will likely experience less severe symptoms than vaccinated children.

Introduction of routine vaccination for rotavirus in Australia in 2007 has decreased the number of hospitalisations by an estimated 70%, so vaccination is effective protection against severe and possibly fatal rotavirus gastroenteritis. Vaccination is part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for infants at two and four months.

For more information regarding rotavirus and its prevention, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

2. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Rotavirus. Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/rotavirus (accessed 17 March 2020).

3. NSW Government. Rotavirus Fact Sheet. Available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/rotavirus.pdf (accessed 17 March 2020).

5. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rotavirus. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/rotavirus?viewAsPdf=true (accessed 17 March 2020).

6. Australian Government, Department of Health. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Available at: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule#national-immunisation-program-schedule-from-1-april-2019 (accessed 17 March 2020). 

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0157(1)a - Date of preparation May 2020

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