Do adults get rotavirus?

Answer: Sometimes

Rotavirus is a horrible illness that causes 1-3 days of vomiting and a full week of watery green diarrhea (coming every hour). When my son had rotavirus, my husband and I did NOT catch it. This was before I became a stomach flu "expert". I didn't wear rubber gloves, and I had vomit and diarrhea all over me. I didn't clean with bleach. So, I got plenty of exposure to the rotavirus but just did not get sick. However, I know parents who DID catch rotavirus from their baby. These were laboratory confirmed cases of rotavirus. Most recently, a friend's 8 month old baby was very sick with rotavirus in March 2013. His mom and sisters (ages 4 and 8) got sick a few days later. The father never got it. This must have been a particularly nasty strain of rotavirus. I do recommend the rotavirus vaccine. Some children who get the vaccine still get sick with rotavirus. However, my daughter and second son both had the rotavirus vaccine and have never had rotavirus.

It is very important to clean with a product that actually kills norovirus when a stomach bug is in your home such as the Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Spray and Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Wipes.

If you have a rotavirus story to share with me, please e-mail me phd.annie at

--Annie Pryor, Ph.D. 

Viewer Comments

My whole family had rota a year past jan. My then one year old started it, then my five year old who was on IV fluids in hospital for two nights, then my husband and I - just D*, then my Mum with V* and D*.