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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Rotarix is Safe

By May 19, 2010

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Rotarix is a rotavirus vaccine that was approved by the FDA in April 2008. Along with RotaTeq, the other rotavirus vaccine, it helps protect children against mild and severe gastroenteritis that is caused by certain strains of rotavirus.

Warnings by the FDA to stop using Rotarix a few months ago got a lot of attention when it was found to contain DNA from porcine circovirus 1 (PCV1), even though this virus 'is not known to cause illness in humans or other animals.'

Although this same virus and a related porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) was also recently found in RotaTeq, the other rotavirus vaccine, the FDA, including its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) and other scientific and other public health experts, says that it is safe to use both rotavirus vaccines.

Not surprisingly, the news of resuming the use of Rotarix is not getting as much attention as the FDA warning to temporarily stop using it did.

Related:
FDA Update on Rotavirus Vaccines
Rotavirus
Rotavirus Update

Comments
May 24, 2010 at 10:57 am
(1) детски дрехи says:

Be aware of vaccines. They may be very good but also very dangerous.

June 22, 2010 at 9:13 am
(2) Brian says:

Don’t llisten to this idiot. There is no way they can say for sure that this virus has no negative impact. They really have no idea. Administer to you little baby at your own risk. Why do you think the FDA retracted?? Because they were able to determine that it was safe?? No, it was because of pressure from big pharma, congress, the administration and the CDC. They way they all lie is just amazing.

February 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm
(3) Meegan Allen says:

My own daughter recieved this recommended vaccine in NSW in 2009 at the recommended 14 weeks. I nearly lost her life 4 times. She now has a diagnosed permanent bowel damage. There is no support or treatment available despite me taking her to GP’s, pediatricians and bowel specialists. They simply do not know how to fix the injury. I have been offered “experimental” bowel surgery for her. I want a campaign that informs mothers that immunisation is not compulsary, that their children can still go to school and daycare. I also want the Governemment to get rid of this dangerous vaccine from their recommended “Schedule” which is continuously pushed on tired and uninformed mothers by every health nurse and Doctor from the day the child is born. Meegan Allen (0458250310). I have also read anecdotes of other Australian mothers who’s children have had similar “unexplained” bowel conditions following this vaccine.In September 2010 GlaxoSmithKline (the drug company) put a new warning on the vaccine that it is known to increase the risk of fatal bowel disease and bowel abnormalities (such as the documented intersusseption).

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