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Rotavirus: guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis and epidemiology of rotavirus.

Rotavirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in infants and very young children. Almost every child will have had an infection by the age of 5. Adults may become infected, however, repeat infections are generally less severe than infections during childhood.

Rotavirus causes severe vomiting, severe diarrhoea, and stomach cramps. These symptoms usually last from 3 to 8 days. Good hygiene is the most important way of preventing the spread of rotavirus.

More information about rotavirus is available from NHS Choices.

Vaccination

Rotavirus immunisation information for public health professionals.

  1. Rotavirus: the green book, chapter 27b

    • 4 November 2013
    • Guidance
  2. UK immunisation schedule: the green book, chapter 11

    • 30 April 2014
    • Guidance
  3. The complete routine immunisation schedule from summer 2014

    • 25 June 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Routine childhood immunisations from July 2014

    • 29 May 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Rotavirus Q&A factsheet

    • 30 April 2013
    • Guidance
  6. Protecting your baby against rotavirus - leaflet

    • 30 April 2013
    • Promotional material
  7. Protecting your baby against rotavirus - flyer

    • 30 April 2013
    • Promotional material
  8. Rotavirus Q&As for healthcare practitioners

    • 26 July 2013
    • Guidance
  9. Rotavirus training slideset

    • 30 April 2013
    • Guidance