What is it and how is it used?

Rotarix is a viral vaccine, containing live, attenuated human rotavirus, that helps to protect your child, from the age of 6 weeks, against gastro-enteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) caused by rotavirus infection.

Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea in infants and young children. Rotavirus is easily spread from hand-to-mouth due to contact with stools from an infected person. Most children with rotavirus diarrhoea recover on their own. However, some children become very ill with severe vomiting, diarrhoea and life-threatening loss of fluids that requires hospitalisation.

When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body?s natural defences) will make antibodies against the most commonly occurring types of rotavirus. These antibodies protect against disease caused by these types of rotavirus.

As with all vaccines, Rotarix may not completely protect all people who are vaccinated against the rotavirus infections it is intended to prevent.

Table of Contents
What do you have to consider before using it?
How is it used?
What are possible side effects?
How should it be stored?
Further information

What do you have to consider before using it?

Rotarix should not be given:

  • if your child has previously had any allergic reaction to rotavirus vaccines or any component contained in Rotarix. The active substances and other ingredients in Rotarix are listed at the end of the leaflet. Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue.
  • if your child has previously had intussusception (a bowel obstruction in which one segment of bowel becomes enfolded within another segment).
  • if your child was born with a malformation of the gut that could lead to intussusception.
  • if your child has a rare inherited illness which affects their immune system called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID).
  • if your child has a severe infection with a high temperature. It might be necessary to postpone the vaccination until recovery. A minor infection such as a cold should not be a problem, but talk to your doctor first.
  • if your child has diarrhoea or is vomiting. It might be necessary to postpone the vaccination until recovery.

Take special care with Rotarix

Before your child receives Rotarix, inform your doctor/health care professional if he/she:

  • has a close contact such as a household member who has a weakened immune system, e.g., a person with cancer or who is taking medicines that may weaken the immune system.
  • has any disorder of the gastrointestinal system.
  • has not been gaining weight and growing as expected.
  • has any disease or is taking any medicine which reduces his/her resistance to infection.

After your child has received Rotarix, contact your doctor/health care professional right away if your child experiences severe stomach pain, persistent vomiting, blood in stools, a swollen belly and/or high fever.

As always, please take care to wash your hands thoroughly after changing soiled nappies.

Using other vaccines

Please tell your doctor if your child is taking or has recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription or has recently received any other vaccine.

Rotarix may be given at the same time your child receives other normally recommended vaccines, such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenzae type b, oral or inactivated polio, hepatitis B vaccines as well as pneumococcal and meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccines.

Using Rotarix with food and drink

There are no restrictions on your child?s consumption of food or liquids, either before or after vaccination.

Breast-feeding

Based on evidence generated in clinical trials, breast-feeding does not reduce the protection against rotavirus gastro-enteritis afforded by Rotarix. Therefore, breast-feeding may be continued during the vaccination schedule.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Rotarix

If you have been told by your doctor that the child being vaccinated has an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before receiving this vaccine.

How is it used?

The doctor or nurse will administer the recommended dose of Rotarix to your child. The vaccine (1 ml liquid) will be given orally. Under no circumstance should this vaccine be administered by injection.

Your child will receive two doses of the vaccine. Each dose will be given on a separate occasion with an interval of at least 4 weeks between the two doses. The first dose may be given from the age of 6 weeks. The two doses of the vaccine must have been given by the age of 24 weeks, although they should preferably have been given before 16 weeks of age.

Rotarix may be given according to the same vaccination course to infants who were born prematurely, provided that the pregnancy had lasted at least 27 weeks.

In case your child spits out or regurgitates most of the vaccine dose, a single replacement dose may be given at the same vaccination visit.

When Rotarix is given to your child for the first dose, it is recommended that your child also receives

Rotarix (and not another rotavirus vaccine) for the second dose.

It is important that you follow the instructions of your doctor or nurse regarding return visits. If you forget to go back to your doctor at the scheduled time, ask your doctor for advice.

What are possible side effects?

Like all medicines, Rotarix can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Side effects that occurred during clinical trials with Rotarix were as follows:

Common These may occur with up to 1 in 10 doses of the vaccine diarrhoea irritability

Uncommon These may occur with up to 1 in 100 doses of the vaccine abdominal pain, flatulence inflammation of the skin

Side effects that have been reported during marketed use of Rotarix include:

  • blood in stools
  • in babies born very prematurely (at or before 28 weeks of gestation) longer gaps than normal between breaths may occur for 2-3 days after vaccination.
  • children with a rare inherited illness called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) may have an inflamed stomach or gut (gastroenteritis) and pass the vaccine virus in their stools. The signs of gastroenteritis may include feeling sick, being sick, stomach cramps or diarrhoea.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

How should it be stored?

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Do not use Rotarix after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Store in a refrigerator (2°C ? 8°C).
Do not freeze.
Store in the original package in order to protect from light.

After reconstitution, the vaccine contained in the oral applicator should be administered promptly. If the reconstituted vaccine is not used within 24 hours, it should be discarded.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Further information

What Rotarix contains

  • The active substances are:

Human rotavirus RIX4414 strain live, attenuated not less than 106.0 CCID50

*Produced on Vero cells

  • The other ingredients in Rotarix are: Powder: sucrose, dextran, sorbitol, amino acids, Dulbecco?s Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM) Solvent: calcium carbonate, xanthan gum, sterile water
What Rotarix looks like and contents of the pack

Powder and solvent for oral suspension

Rotarix is supplied as a whitish powder in a single dose glass container and a separate oral applicator of solvent which contains a slow settling white deposit and a colourless supernatant. There is also a transfer adapter which allows easy transfer of the solvent into the glass container containing the powder for mixing the different components of the vaccine.

Both components must be mixed together before your child receives the vaccine. The mixed vaccine will appear more turbid than the solvent alone.

Rotarix is available in a pack of 1, 5, 10 or 25.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals s.a.Rue de l?Institut 89
B-1330 Rixensart
Belgium

For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:

BelgiëBelgiqueBelgien GlaxoSmithKline s.a.n.v. TélTel 32 2 656 21 11 LuxembourgLuxemburg GlaxoSmithKline s.a.n.v. TélTel 32 2 656 21 11

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Before reconstitution:
A white deposit and clear supernatant is observed upon storage of the oral applicator containing the solvent.
The solvent should be inspected visually for any foreign particulate matter and/or abnormal physical appearance prior to reconstitution.

After reconstitution:
The reconstituted vaccine is slightly more turbid than the solvent and is milky white in appearance.

The reconstituted vaccine should also be inspected visually for any foreign particulate matter and/or abnormal physical appearance prior to administration. In the event of either being observed, discard the vaccine.
Any unused vaccine or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Instructions for reconstitution and administration of the vaccine:

1. Remove the plastic cover from the glass container containing the powder.

2. Connect the transfer adapter onto the glass container by pushing it downwards until the transfer adapter is properly and securely placed.

3. Shake the oral applicator containing the solvent vigorously. The shaken suspension will appear as a turbid liquid with a slow settling white deposit.

4. Remove the protective tip cap from the oral applicator.

5. Connect the oral applicator into the transfer adapter by pushing it firmly on this device.

6. Transfer the entire content of the oral applicator into the glass container containing the powder.

7. With the oral applicator still attached, shake the glass container and examine it for complete suspension of the powder. The reconstituted vaccine will appear more turbid than the solvent alone. This appearance is normal.

8. Withdraw the entire mixture back into the oral applicator.

9. Remove the oral applicator from the transfer adapter.

10. This vaccine is for oral administration only. The child should be seated in a reclining position. Administer the entire content of the oral applicator orally (by administering the entire content of the oral applicator on the inside of the cheek).

11. Do not inject. If the reconstituted vaccine is to be stored temporarily before administration, replace the protective tip cap on the oral applicator. The oral applicator containing the reconstituted vaccine should be shaken gently again before oral administration.

Transfer adapter Glass container Oral applicator Oral applicator Tip-Cap 1. Remove the plastic cover from the 2. Connect the transfer adapter onto 3. Shake the oral applicator glass container containing the powder the glass container by pushing it containing the solvent vigorously. The downwards until the transfer adapter shaken suspension will appear as a is properly and securely placed turbid liquid with a slow settling white deposit 4. Remove the protective tip cap from the oral applicator 5. Connect the oral applicator into the transfer adapter by pushing it firmly on this device 6. Transfer the entire content of the oral applicator into the glass container containing the powder 7. With the oral applicator still attached, shake the glass container and examine it for complete suspension of the powder. The reconstituted vaccine will appear more turbid than the solvent alone. This appearance is normal 11. Do not inject. 8. Withdraw the entire mixture back into the oral applicator 9. Remove the oral applicator from the transfer adapter 10. This vaccine is for oral administration only. The child should be seated in a reclining position. Administer the entire content of the oral applicator orally by administering the entire content of the oral applicator on the inside of the cheek

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