Rotavirus Q&A factsheet

This factsheet describes the rotavirus infection and the vaccine that protects against it and how this vaccine was developed and introduced.

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See the guide to immunisations for babies up to 13 months of age for the latest information on rotavirus infection and vaccination.


Rotavirus Q&A factsheet


Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis (inflammation of the intestines) in children under 5 years of age worldwide.

Rotavirus is a highly infectious virus. In England and Wales it causes around 130,000 diarrhoea cases resulting in a GP visit a year in under fives and leads to hospital stays for around 13,000 children.

For information about the rotavirus vaccination, please see page 25 of the main guide to immunisation for babies up to 13months of age

Published 29 April 2013
Last updated 30 April 2013 + show all updates
  1. Added document to newly created series for rotavirus resources.
  2. First published.