High fever, seizures, and allergic reactions are some of the rare but serious side effects of the rotavirus vaccine. However, most children tolerate the vaccine well and usually do not develop any problems. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily.
An Introduction to Rotavirus Vaccine Side Effects
As with all vaccines, side effects are possible with the rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix®, RotaTeq®). However, not everyone who gets vaccinated will have problems. In fact, most children tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with the rotavirus vaccine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of rotavirus vaccine side effects with you.)
In March 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that Rotarix not be used, at least temporarily, since DNA from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1) has been found in the vaccine. This means that DNA from a virus found in pigs has been found in the vaccine. However, in May 2010, the FDA announced that it is safe to begin using Rotarix again, since PCV1 poses no known health risks to humans.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccine information statement: rotavirus vaccine (8/28/08). CDC Web site. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-rotavirus.pdf. Accessed July 28, 2009.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Rotarix vaccine: update to clinicians and public health professionals (3/22/2010). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm205640.htm. Accessed March 26, 2010.
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