What is rotavirus?
Rotavirus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines mainly in young children. The majority of children become infected with rotavirus somewhere during their childhood. The associated symptoms are:
- Watery diarrhoea.
Symptoms appear on average two days after infection and persist for four to six days. In some children, the disease can be severe and, in exceptional cases, a child can die from the infection. Not everyone who is infected develops symptoms. A previous infection does not grant immunity, but it does ensure a milder course in the event of a new infection.
How do you get rotavirus?
Infection happens through the faeces of an infected person. A person with rotavirus is contagious for about a week.
What can you do to prevent a rotavirus infection?
You can be vaccinated against the rotavirus. In addition, proper hygiene is important because the virus spreads through faeces. Based on your destination and health, we will be happy to give you personal advice.
When to get a rotavirus vaccination?
The rotavirus vaccine is an oral vaccine. This means it is taken in the form of a drink. The vaccine can be given to infants between 6 and 24 weeks of age. The first dose is preferably given between the 6th and 12th week and no later than the 20th week. The second dose is given at least four weeks after the first dose. The vaccination provides protection for at least two years. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
What are the side effects of a rotavirus vaccination?
The rotavirus vaccine can cause mild side effects. About 1 to 10 in 100 vaccinated children may experience thinner than normal stools for a few days after vaccination.
How much will a rotavirus vaccination cost?
The cost of rotavirus vaccination is usually not covered by health insurance. From 2024, the vaccine will be included in the Dutch National Vaccination Programme. From then on, infants can be vaccinated for free.
For more information on costs, please visit our prices page.
This vaccine is generally available within a few days but is not always in stock at every location. Please contact us by phone before your appointment.
Questions or schedule an appointment?
Do you want your child to be fully vaccinated before you travel? Keep in mind that there should be at least four weeks between the two doses of the vaccine, so be sure to make an appointment on time.