Rotavirus vaccine consultation available for babies born to mothers taking biologic monoclonal antibodies

The rotavirus vaccine has been added to Nova Scotia’s publicly funded childhood immunization program. Babies born on or after November 1, 2019 are eligible to receive this vaccine orally, starting at 2 months of age. Since rotavirus vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine, there may be implications for babies whose mothers are on biologic monoclonal antibodies. The exception is babies whose mothers are taking certolizumab or Cimzia (no implications with this medication).

If you have questions, you may contact the IWK Special Immunization Clinic by e-mail at or by calling Pamela MacIntyre at 902-470-8948.

A referral form is attached below.

Date Revised: 
December, 2022