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How is the rotavirus vaccine administered?

How is the rotavirus vaccine administered?

Orally: Current rotavirus vaccines are all administered orally to infants only.

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Can I get sick from my kid's rotavirus vaccine?

Can I get sick from my kid's rotavirus vaccine?

See below: The rotavirus vaccine is given to protect against the development of gastroenteritis caused by the virus. It is a live, attenuated vaccine. There is a theoretical risk of someone who is immunocompromised coming down with gastroenteritis if they come in contact with the stool of a vaccine recipient. As such, they should avoid contact with stools for 14 days after the first dose of the vaccine.

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What are the symptoms of a reaction to rotavirus vaccine?

What are the symptoms of a reaction to rotavirus vaccine?

See below:: Vaccinated infants are slightly (1%-3%) more likely to be irritable or to have mild, temporary diarrhea or vomiting after getting a dose of vaccine than infants who did not get the vaccine. Moderate or severe reactions "have not" been associated with the vaccine.

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Should I be worried about the safety of the rotavirus vaccine?

Should I be worried about the safety of the rotavirus vaccine?

Not Really: No. The currently used vaccines are much safer than the complications of having the disease which may include severe dehydration and death. The vaccine may cause fever, mild diarrhea and rare cases of intussusception.

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What is the definition or description of: Reaction to rotavirus vaccine?

Rotavirus vaccine: Rotavirus vaccine reaction- mild problems include temporary vomiting, diarrhea and irritability- serious problems occurring in 1 in 20, 000 to 1 in 100, 000 include intussuception- a blockage of the intestine. Rarely 1 in 1 million one can have an allergic reaction. More about rotavirus vaccine https://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/rotavirus. Html

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Is it ok if some of the rotavirus vaccine didn't get fully ingested by my baby? Would it be less effective?

Is it ok if some of the rotavirus vaccine didn't get fully ingested by my baby? Would it be less effective?

Rotavirus: It is ok and the vaccine should be effective, but you need to know that some kids will develop rotavirus infection with the wild type even if they are vaccinated.

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Reaction to rotavirus vaccine- who should see our 3month old?

Reaction to rotavirus vaccine- who should see our 3month old?

Your pediatrician: You should see your pediatrician first so he/she can determine that the symptoms your child has are indeed due to the rotavirus vaccine. Look at the cdc vaccine information: http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-rotavirus. Pdf reaction to this vaccine is very uncommon, so you may have to look for other causes of the problem (you did not specify what the symptoms are).

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Rotavirus vaccine timeframe? When should my infant get a rotavirus vaccine?

2 different vaccines: There are 2 brands available: Rotarix (2 dose schedule) and RotaTeq (3 dose schedule) both are started at baby's 2 month visit though can be given as early as six weeks. A second dose is given 6-8 weeks later (can receive as early as 4 weeks after) and third dose (depending on which vaccine) no later than 32 weeks of age. This is given by mouth and not as a shot.

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There are two kind of rotavirus vaccine (rotateq and rotarix). Do you need both?

There are two kind of rotavirus vaccine (rotateq and rotarix). Do you need both?

Not really: Two separate vaccines developed by different companies that do the same thing. They are slightly different, but you don't need both.

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Should I be concerned if my 6 week old just got the rotavirus vaccine and my 19 month old sucked my 6 week olds dummy.?

If symptoms see MD: It should be alright, but if you notice any symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, please follow up with your M.D.

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I heard that the new rotavirus vaccine for infants should not be given because of possible side effects. Is that true? What is the danger?

I heard that the new rotavirus vaccine for infants should not be given because of possible side effects. Is that true? What is the danger?

Not True: So far the "new" vaccine appears quite safe with no evidence of serious side effects. And the experts continually moniter the vaccine for side effects. And since the vaccine has been used the number of children taken to er's with severe rotavirus dehydration has declined from roughly 400, 000 per year to about 100, 000 per year. Huge and this will only get better.

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Could the rotavirus vaccine be causing food allergy to baby?

Could the rotavirus vaccine be causing food allergy to baby?

No: I don't believe there is any data that would support the assertion that rotovirus causes food allergy.

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Why do doctors push the rotavirus vaccine. The virus is harmless in us?

Why do doctors push the rotavirus vaccine. The virus is harmless in us?

You Are Wrong: Since the introduction of the vaccine, it is estimated that the number of children requiring ed visits has decreased 75% from 400, 000/year to 100, 000/year. And in the usa several dozen deaths from rotavirus per year has decreased. And you think this is harmless!

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My baby have lactose intolerance after rotavirus vaccine. Passed already month, how long it should take recovery?

My baby have lactose intolerance after rotavirus vaccine. Passed already month, how long it should take recovery?

Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance most commonly runs in families, and symptoms usually develop during the teen or adult years, although babies can also get this. It is due to deficiency in the enzyme lactase which degrades lactose, the sugar in milk. Most people with this type of lactose intolerance can eat some milk or dairy products without problems.

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If my baby's oral rotavirus vaccine got all over her face, can the virus be spread from there? Should I clean her face?

If my baby's oral rotavirus vaccine got all over her face, can the virus be spread from there? Should I clean her face?

No spread: Many times infants will spit out the oral vaccine while the provider is attempting to give them their vaccine. No need to worry, the virus can not be spread in this manner. You can wash your infant's face with warm water mainly due to the added flavoring in the suspension.

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I understand that giving rotavirus vaccine during the 5th month is quite late and have high risk of intussusception. Should I be worried?

I understand that giving rotavirus vaccine during the 5th month is quite late and have high risk of intussusception. Should I be worried?

Rota virus vaccine: The rota virus vaccines available currently are very safe with very low risk for intussesception. 5 mos is not late but it should be completed by age 6 mos. I hope that was her 2nd dose of the 2 dose series. I have not seen a single case of inussesception in relation to rota virus vaccine. Good luck.

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What if your baby spits up all the rotavirus vaccine?

What if your baby spits up all the rotavirus vaccine?

Do not repeat it: Unfortunately, as it is impossible to know just how much of the vaccine a baby has had, it is advisable not to repeat giving it orally to the baby so as to avoid giving too much of the vaccination. Though the vaccine may generate less immunity when only some of it is given, there may still be some benefit to the dosage that he or she has kept down.

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