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Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a virus that causes gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting). Rotavirus is very infectious. It is easily spread if people don't wash their hands properly after going to the toilet or changing nappies.

Free rotavirus immunisations are given to babies as part of the National Immunisation Schedule.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated September 2016.

See also:

Diarrhoea & vomiting (gastroenteritis)

Diarrhoea & vomiting in children (gastroenteritis)

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