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Doctor insights on: Rotavirus Vaccine Live Oral Pentavalent Side Effects

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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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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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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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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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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?

No, not both: The immunization schedule (they vary from one another) should be completed with one or the other. ...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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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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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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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

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. Dariush Saghafi
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Rotavirus Infection (Definition)

Rotavirus infection is an extremely common viral ...Read more