Rotavirus Travel Vaccine
Rotavirus is an extremely contagious virus that infects nearly all children by the time they turn five. Even in the most hygienic environments, the virus can be transmitted easily to children who forget to wash their hands before eating, or after using the toilet. Rotavirus is known to be resistant to modern disinfectants and anti-bacterial solutions, and can survive for hours on hands, and for days on hard, dry surfaces.
Rotavirus causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting which can cause a dramatic loss of fluids and salts, electrolytes, and in young children can easily lead to dehydration due to their body weight. Other symptoms include fever and abdominal pain. Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Infrequent urination
- Lack of tears when crying
- Extreme thirst
- Dry, cool skin and/or dry, sticky mouth
- Sunken eyes or sunken soft spot on top of the head
Protecting your against Rotavirus is difficult and the best hygiene and sanitation practices have not proven to be very effective in reducing the number of cases in very young children. A child has only to touch a contaminated surface and then put his fingers in his mouth to catch the virus, and in such places as day care centres, playgrounds and schools, outbreaks can occur all too easily.
Adults can also contract the virus, however, the symptoms are normally much milder than in young children. Your best bet in keeping your child safe is through vaccination.
The vaccine to prevent Rotavirus used in the UK and many other countries, including U.S. and Canada, and throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America is called Rotarix, which is given to babies aged 2 to 3 months as an oral vaccine from a dropper. The vaccine has proven to be highly effective preventing more than 70% of cases.
All evidence shows that the Rotavirus Vaccine is safe, with mild side effects in a small percentage of cases being irritability and restlessness, along with some mild diarrhoea.
Rotavirus affects babies, young children, and adults worldwide. Children of all ages, from 2 to 3 months and again at 6 months, and adults should have been vaccinated prior to any travel.
The period of immunity for the vaccine “Rotarix” is not fully determined, and, depending on your state of health, and other factors, there can always be a risk of being infected more than once with Rotavirus, however, a second infection will normally have much milder symptoms.
It’s simple, just contact us either by phone to book an appointment or to ask any questions you have regarding the virus and the vaccine. We are always here to help.
Our London Travel Clinics
All 3 of our centrally located travel clinics are convenient for people living and working in London. Liverpool Street, London Bridge and High St Kensington. We are open early morning, lunchtime, evening and weekends and provide all of the vaccinations and medications that you need.