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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. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How is the rotavirus vaccine administered?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Reaction to rotavirus vaccine signs in a 3month old?

Fever & stomach ills: Fever, vomiting and diarrhea are the most common side effects to the vaccine. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Mild fever 5 days after DTP, Pnuemococal, and rotavirus vaccine. She 3m old. Is it ok?

Mild fever 5 days after DTP, Pnuemococal, and rotavirus vaccine. She 3m old. Is it ok?

Post vaccine fever: Low grade fever after vaccinations is common in infants. Please make sure the vaccination site (s) are not indurated, (tender, red and bumpy) and she is feeding well. Keep acetaminophen on board as needed. I would take her back to your pediatrician if fever persists more than a week to make sure there is no other reason for it. ...Read more

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My 4 month old just got his 2nd rotavirus vaccine. First time diahrea for a week. This time he already has bad gas with gas pains. Is this common?

Not common: I am assuming you are asking if these are common side effects of immunization for rotavirus. For side effects, I'm thinking these are likely (common) side effects. Rotavirus affects the GI tract, so it is assumed any "priming of the immune system" by a vaccine may have a GI focus for side effects. From a population standpoint, it is uncommon (but not rare) to get side effects like this ...Read more

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Is it Normal to pass constipated stool with mucous after rotavirus vaccine.2 months old baby.

Is it Normal to pass constipated stool with mucous after rotavirus vaccine.2 months old baby.

No: It is not normal for a 2 month-old baby to have firm, constipating stool before, during, or after a vaccination (the vaccination doesn't have anything to do with it). Constipation happens in babies sometimes, more often in formula-fed babies than in breast-fed ones. Because 0-3 months is very young, the doctor can check to be sure the baby is ok. Occasional glycerin suppository use can help. ...Read more

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If we miss 1st dose of ipv Hib rotavirus vaccine along with 1st dose of opv hepb DPT can it be taken along with 2nd dose to my child who is of 75old?

Not advised: It is not a huge problem if you miss a dose of vaccines.
Hepatitis- if your child has no high risk behaviors, it can wait.
Ipv- polio is unlikely in the continental United States so if it is a few months late, no problem.
Rotavirus cannot be given after 8 months so ask your pediatrician bout that. Hib can be caught up later. Often less reactions to all vaccines when given a little older. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors encourage breast feeding instead of rotavirus vaccine?

Why don't doctors encourage breast feeding instead of rotavirus vaccine?

We do: Breast milk is the best nutrition for your newborn and infant. That is the sole reason women are able to produce milk. While breast milk does contain antibodies, reducing the risk of infection, it is not foolproof. Rotovirus can cause a serious illness, killing over 440, 000 children a year worldwide (5% of all childhood deaths). The vaccine helps to reduce the risk of acquiring the illness. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for reaction to rotavirus vaccine?

What is the treatment for reaction to rotavirus vaccine?

See pediatrician: First you should see your pediatrician so he/she can determine that it is a reaction to the vaccine. Then depending on what the problem is, he/she will recommend the treatment.
See the cdc information on the vaccine: http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-rotavirus. Pdf. ...Read more

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Pediatricians will you still be giving the rotavirus vaccines?

Vaccination schedule: Rotavirus vaccination is currently among he recommended vaccinations given at 2, 4 and 6 months. ...Read more

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How many rotavirus vaccines are needed to prevent it in a 6 month old? Can 1 dose prevent it?

How many rotavirus vaccines are needed to prevent it in a 6 month old? Can 1 dose prevent it?

2 or 3 doses: The rotavirus vaccine, depending on which one is given to your baby, should be given 2 or 3 times, not just once. Rotateq is a given at 2, 4, and 6 months. Rotarix is given at 2 and 4 months only. If your baby is already 6 months old and has never had a rotavirus vaccine, it is not recommended to start the series at all. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of rotavirus and dtap vaccine? My son threw up after these vaccines.

What are the side effects of rotavirus and dtap vaccine? My son threw up after these vaccines.

Not from vaccines: Dtap and rotavirus vaccines are not the cause of vomiting in your son. Most likely it's something else like a virus etc. If vomiting persists or he develops new symptoms like diarrhea or fever have him evaluated for infection. ...Read more

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Rotavirus, and varicella vaccines contain fetal bovine serum. Dtap, hebb, ipv, and typhoid vaccines contain bovine casein. What can vegans do?

Rotavirus, and varicella vaccines contain fetal bovine serum. Dtap, hebb, ipv, and typhoid vaccines contain bovine casein. What can vegans do?

Overall picture best: While there is discussion in the vegan community about vaccines containing animal products, most people agree that there are some situations where there is no "vegan" alternative, and it is OK to do the "non-vegan" thing. This is one of them. The benefit of vaccines is proven. They are worth it. ...Read more

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My son got 2month shots yesterday. He got Rotavirus among others. Is it a live vaccine? Does that mean I can catch rotavirus from changing his diaper?

My son got 2month shots yesterday. He got Rotavirus among others. Is it a live vaccine? Does that mean I can catch rotavirus from changing his diaper?

Yes and Not Likely: Rotavirus vaccine is live, but the risk of getting virus transmitted and active disease from your son's stool is minimal. In theory, since this is a live vaccine, it is possible, but not reported. As always, good hand washing is a must! Congrats on vaccinating your baby! ...Read more

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Can we mix two vaccine for vaccination to gain same affect? (vaccinations are hepatitis b and rotavirus, 3 months old baby)

Can we mix two vaccine for vaccination to gain same affect? (vaccinations are hepatitis b and rotavirus, 3 months old baby)

Immunizations: Vaccination starts at birth- hepa-b in nursery. Then 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 months etc. Now it is easier bc there are combination vaccines, e.G pentacel- 5 different types in one shot (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, h. Influenza-b and polio); mmrv-4 together (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella at 1 year), rota vaccine is given by mouth. Combination vaccines has similar effect as given separate. ...Read more

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I have rotavirus oral and pcv13. They ran out of the dtap vaccine. They told me to come back for 4 months vaccine. Should I be concerned?

I have rotavirus oral and pcv13. They ran out of the dtap vaccine. They told me to come back for 4 months vaccine. Should I be concerned?

Vaccine shortage: There is a shortage of the dtap vaccine. You should get it as soon as it is available. It prevents tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. There is a national epidemic of whooping cough and cases of diphtheria are coming in from europe. ...Read more

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How long after vaccines is my 2 month old in the clear from serious side effects? I read 48 hours but im still nervous. Receivee rotavirus, dtap, hib.

How long after vaccines is my 2 month old in the clear from serious side effects? I read 48 hours but im still nervous. Receivee rotavirus, dtap, hib.

Worry if U wish: It is hard to parent & sort through all the misinformation generated by anti-vaccers. The nasty stuff if any will be evident quickly & 48 hours is a good outlier.Rotavirus vaccine virus will be excreted in the poop for weeks, but I don't consider it a side effect. After almost 4 decades in Pediatrics I consider the vaccines we now have and their safety as the most important advance for our kids. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Rotavirus Infection (Definition)

An extremely common viral ...Read more