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Some people should not get rotavirus vaccine or should wait

  • A baby who has had a severe (life-threatening) allergic reaction to a dose of rotavirus vaccine should not get another dose. A baby who has a severe (life-threatening) allergy to any component of rotavirus vaccine should not get the vaccine. Tell your doctor if your baby has any severe allergies that you know of, including a severe allergy to latex.
  • Babies with severe combined immunodeficiency” (SCID) should not get rotavirus vaccine.
  • Babies with mild illnesses can usually get the vaccine. Babies who are moderately or severely ill should probably wait until they recover. This includes babies who have moderate or severe diarrhea or vomiting. Ask your doctor or nurse.
  • Check with your doctor if your baby’s immune system is weakened because of:
    • HIV/AIDS, or any other disease that affects the immune system
    • treatment with drugs such as long-term steroids
    • cancer, or cancer treatment with radiation or drugs
  • Tell your doctor if your baby has ever had intussusception, a type of bowel blockage that is treated in a hospital.

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