Rotavirus vaccine reminder
August 17, 2020
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To: Area Clinicians
FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION: An Important Reminder about RotaTeq® Vaccine
As you are aware, RotaTeq® vaccine became available in Ontario in the fall of 2018 as part of a change in vaccine procurement in the province. RotaTeq® vaccine is offered in a three dose series and replaced Rotarix® which is offered in a two dose format.
Recently there have been reports of health care providers administering RotaTeq® using a two dose series. Note that this is not aligned with the required schedule and infants must receive all three doses of RotaTeq® vaccine for optimal protection.
Important reminders about RotaTeq®:
- It is a three dose series starting at 2 months of age (min. 6 weeks of age) with an interval of 4 to 10 weeks between doses.
- The first dose of vaccine should be given before 15 weeks of age.
- All doses should be completed before 32 weeks of age.
Should you have any questions, please contact the immunization program at 705.522.9200, ext. 301.
Original signed by
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer
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This item was last modified on September 8, 2020