Who is at Highest Risk for Getting Rotavirus?
Anyone can become infected with rotavirus; however, infants and young children between three and 35 months of age are at highest risk. By the age of five, most children will have become infected with the virus.1 Most infections occur during the winter and spring and infected individuals can spread the virus both before and after developing symptoms.2
IMPORTANT NOTE: NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about rotavirus and rotavirus vaccines by reading all sections in the Table of Contents, which contain many links and resources such as the manufacturer product information inserts, and to speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision for yourself or your child. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.
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1 Mayo Clinic. Rotavirus. In: Symptoms and causes. Mar. 12, 2019.
2 Communication and Education Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Rotavirus In: Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. 13th ed. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2015; Pg. 313. Updated November 2020. Accessed Apr. 4, 2021.