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Can rotavirus be deadly?

Page last updated 11 July 2018


In a small number of cases rotavirus can kill when symptoms are severe and fluid loss is not treated. However, in Australia, routine immunisation has successfully decreased the severity of symptoms experienced by people, and hence the number of cases requiring hospitalisation.

Sources & Citations

  1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 4.17 Rotavirus. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  2. NSW Government, Department of Health, Rotavirus Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018)

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0157a - Date of preparation May 2018