Precautions and Warnings With the Rotavirus Vaccine
There are many precautions and warnings that you should be aware of before your child gets the rotavirus vaccine. For example, this vaccine was not adequately studied in children with blood disorder or immune-suppressing conditions, nor has it been studied in children who take immune-suppressing medications; it is unknown if the rotavirus vaccine is safe and effective for such children.
Rotavirus Vaccine: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
You should talk to a healthcare provider before your child receives the rotavirus vaccine (Rotarix®, RotaTeq®) if your child has:
- A history of intussusception (a problem where one part of the bowel moves into the next)
- A gastrointestinal (digestive) problem or condition
- Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine in the past
- A moderate or severe illness
- An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Any relatives or other close contact with a weakened immune system
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- A blood disorder
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider about any medications your child is taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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.
No similar problems have been found with RotaTeq.