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How can I prevent viral gastroenteritis?

Prevention is the best way to avoid viral gastroenteritis. Two vaccines are available for viral gastroenteritis, RotaTeq and Rotarix. Both oral vaccines are approved by the US Food and Drug adminstration for infants aged 6 to14 weeks. Otherwise, you can avoid infection by:

Washing your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after using the bathroom or changing diapersWashing your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before eatingDisinfecting contaminated surfaces such as countertops and baby-changing stationsNot eating or drinking foods or liquids that might be contaminated

The answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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