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Rotavirus is a vaccine-preventable disease

Which Diseases Do Vaccines Protect Against?1

The Canadian publicly funded health care system offers protection against 13 vaccine-preventable diseases, TB protection in certain areas and HPV vaccine for older children.


Rotavirus can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can be serious enough to require hospitalization, and if untreated, dehydration can be fatal.

Rotavirus mainly affects infants and young children.

Rotavirus is found in the stool of infected people and is spread by contact with hands, diapers, or baby changing tables. The virus can live on surfaces for several days unless it is killed by a disinfectant cleanser.

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada. Vaccine-preventable diseases. Accessed
    March 17, 2016.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rotavirus – Fact Sheet for Parents. Accessed February 27, 2014.