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Can i get sick from my kid's rotavirus vaccine?

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Dr. Mark Patterson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

See below: The rotavirus vaccine is given to protect against the development of gastroenteritis caused by the virus. It is a live, attenuated vaccine. There is a theoretical risk of someone who is immunocompromised coming down with gastroenteritis if they come in contact with the stool of a vaccine recipient. As such, they should avoid contact with stools for 14 days after the first dose of the vaccine.

Answered 5/29/2017

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Rotavirus vaccine: The Rotavirus vaccines contain a live but weakened form of the virus. Although the virus may be shed in feces, it would not be likely to cause illness in most healthy adults.

Answered 2/7/2021

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