What is the vaccine?
This vaccine protects against Rotavirus.
When is it administered?
The rotavirus vaccine is a 3 dose series and is usually given at the 2, 4 and 6 month doctor visits. It is also the only oral vaccine for infants.
What is the disease?
Rotavirus is an intestinal virus that results in diarrhea and vomiting. It is transmitted from the saliva or feces of an infected person. It takes a strong solution to kill this virus thus it is common in daycare settings where there are ample diaper changes and shared toys. Symptoms of this virus are similar to the stomach flu but the diarrhea is more frequent and foul smelling.
Is it serious?
There is no medication to combat rotavirus. Many infants do fine at home as long as they stay hydrated. Once admitted in the hospital, many are given IVs to replace loss fluids from the diarrhea and vomiting.
Is it common?
Approximately 2 million people, predominately infants and children, catch this virus every year and are hospitalized for dehydration and other complaints. While about 50,000 children are hospitalized each year for rotavirus, only 20-70 children die due to severe dehydration.
Is the vaccine controversial?
The viruses are whole and live when administered so that the body can produce antibodies to fight of virus. There are some questionable ingredients, namely, monkey kidney cells (used to grow virus), fetal cow blood (again, to help grow virus), and the use of live, genetically altered organisms.
Mama Natural’s take:
Since rotavirus is essentially a bad case of the stomach flu, and infant mortalities are rare, we decided not to give Griffin this vaccine. However, we might have considered it if Griffin was in daycare at a very young age as it is more serious in baby’s under 1 year.
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