Rotavirus infection

Find out how we define and monitor cases of rotavirus infection, how you can get vaccinated, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About rotavirus infection

Rotavirus infection is a highly contagious disease that is caused by contact with someone infected with rotavirus. It is a serious disease because it can lead to dehydration, shock and sometimes death. 

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Vaccination is the best protection against rotavirus. If you're eligible, you can get rotavirus vaccines for free under the National Immunisation Program. See more information about when to get vaccinated.  


Find out more about getting vaccinated against rotavirus

Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment 

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's rotavirus page

Surveillance and reporting 

Rotavirus infection is a nationally notifiable disease

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

For more on rotavirus infection in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.  

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