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The Rotavirus Vaccine is Back—Including its Risk of Severe Injury.

Written by Pathways Magazine   
Friday, 01 June 2007 00:00

Back in 1998, the FDA first approved of the Rotavirus vaccine. It was taken off the market when it was shown to cause intussusception in pediatric patients who received the live, oral, vaccine. Results of injuries from the vaccine included emergency surgery and even death. The vaccine was taken off the market.

Now in 2007, the new improved rotavirus vaccine has been reintroduced. Twenty-eight reported cases of injury related to the vaccine occurred during and after the 3-dose vaccine regimen, and almost half occurred within 21 days of vaccination (range, 0–73 days). Fortunately, no deaths resulted, 16 infants required hospitalization and intestinal surgery; the remaining 12 had reduction of the intussusception by contrast or air enema.

As with all vaccine reactions, healthcare professionals and parents are encouraged to report cases vaccine adverse events to VAERS at www.vaers.hhs.gov or by calling 1-800-822-7967 for a report form.


Pathways Issue 14 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #14.

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