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Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that infects nearly all children by their 5th birthday. Each year in the United States, rotavirus is responsible for an estimated:

  • 250,000 emergency room visits
  • 410,000 visits to doctors’ offices
  • 20-60 deaths
  • Up to 70,000 hospitalizations



Rotavirus symptoms include fever, vomiting, and watery diarrhea. Although symptoms vary, children may experience fever, upset stomach, and vomiting, along with frequent watery diarrhea, sometimes multiple times a day. Symptoms typically last three to nine days.

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