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Rotavirus vaccine, adverse events

Posted Oct 22 2008 9:30pm

Hi All,
For those of you who have infants 6 months old or younger:

You may have heard that the FDA has made a statement regarding 28 cases of bowel twisting (intussusception) and potential link to the rotavirus vaccine (Rotateq)

Now, before anyone panics....
There have been 3.5 million doses of the vaccine distributed since its approval one year ago. The number of intussusception cases are no greater than one would expect in the general population of infants--so no increased risk of intussusception due to vaccination has been determined.

The FDA posted this information to make families aware that intussusception is a rare, potentially adverse effect of the rotavirus vaccination and that any concerns should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) at www.vaers.hhs.gov or call 1-800-822-7967.

Watch for severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the poop, or grape jelly looking poop and contact your child's doctor if you see these symptoms.




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