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Can you still get rotavirus after being vaccinated?

Page last updated 08 April 2022

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

1.  Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rotavirus. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/rotavirus?viewAsPdf=true (accessed 15 March 2022).

2. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Rotavirus. Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/rotavirus (accessed 15 March 2022).

3. 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 15 March 2022). 

MAT-AU-2200806   Date of Preparation March 2022

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