Adverse Reactions to the Rotavirus Vaccine
The rotavirus vaccine can cause various reactions and injuries including intussusception, allergic reaction and other injuries. The rotavirus vaccine is administered to prevent contraction of rotavirus, a virus that affects babies in most cases. Rotavirus symptoms include diarrhea, sometimes severe, and is often accompanied by vomiting and fever. In terms of Rotavirus treatment options, the two most effective vaccines on the market are Rotarix and RotaTeq.
The rotavirus vaccine is usually administered to children in three doses. The first rotavirus vaccine is administered at 2 months old, the second dose is administered at 4 months old, and the final dose of the rotavirus vaccine is given at 6 months old.
Risks of the Rotavirus Vaccine
The rotavirus vaccine is linked to intussusception, which is a bowel blockage that must be treated promptly in a hospital. Intussusception is essentially a “telescoping” of the intestine that can be extremely painful and lead to infection. The rotavirus vaccine can also cause other allergic reactions.
The Rotavirus RotaTeq vaccine, made by Merck & Co., contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
- Sodium citrate
- Sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate
- Sodium hydroxide
- Polysorbate 80
- Cell culture media
- Fetal bovine serum
- DNA for porcine circoviruses
The Rotavirus Rotarix vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
- Calcium carbonate
- Sterile water
- Porcine cirrovirus type 1
If you suffered a reaction, illness, or injury after receiving a rotavirus vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a government fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund.
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