FDA declares suspension of Rotarix vax

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Registered: 06-16-2009
FDA declares suspension of Rotarix vax
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Tue, 03-23-2010 - 1:06am



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Rotarix Vaccine: Update to Clinicians and Public Health Professionals

Audience: Pediatric and family practice healthcare professionals, public health professionals


FDA is recommending

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Registered: 01-21-2010
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 6:03pm
Knowing how to treat (and how NOT to treat) a vaccine-available disease can be life saving. Conventional medicine says to dose the patient with back-to-back Tylenol and Motrin. That is one instance where I would not trust their advice. Those two fight the immune system and should not be used IMHO.
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Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 1:23pm

This, IMP, is no different than what the crux of the center surrounds. (sorry about your experience).


To each side, there are pros and cons, and each should weigh both out and come to an informed decision. Being knowledgeable of the disease and treatments is also an added bonus.

Rands


Rands

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Registered: 03-12-2005
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 12:33am
I certainly understand the concern regarding this vaccine, however rotavirus isn't necessarily a harmless illness. My dd was hospitalized because of rotavirus at 4 years of age.
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Registered: 01-21-2010
Sat, 03-27-2010 - 4:24pm

Oh I didn't realize the other option was his vaccine...UGH!

Good call Jamie!

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Registered: 10-18-2007
Fri, 03-26-2010 - 11:18am

Wonder what the sales of Offit's vaccine will do in the absence of an alternative?

Besides, don't you have to know an adventitious agent is there to look for it? Geez.

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 2:32am

http://mothering.com/jennifermargulis/rejecting-modern-medicine/why-you-should-question-vaccines-for-your-children


Why You Should Question Vaccines For Your Children

Vaccine safety is back in the news today, because the FDA has asked doctors to temporarily suspend giving the newest incarnation of the vaccine against rotavirus, Rotarix.


This vaccine is currently scheduled on CDC guidelines for infants in two doses between ages six weeks and 24 weeks.


Picture 5Independent researchers found the vaccine to be contaminated with fragments of a virus of pigs, porcine circovirus 1 (PCV1).


There are several unfortunate things about today’s news:



1. Although the contamination was communicated to vaccine makers and the FDA in early February, the FDA has only now stopped doctors from giving a vaccine they knew to contain a foreign virus.


2. We do not know how this swine disease agent got into the vaccine.


3. We do not know what the effect of ingesting PCV1 is on human health.


But there’s a bigger issue here. This vaccine is useless in America. Rotavirus itself cannot definitively be shown to have killed any American children. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in children, and essentially all Americans have gone through it by age three.


An older version of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaShield, was withdrawn from the market in 1999 because one of its side effects was a severe and life-threatening intestinal blockage. This side effect has also been reported with the new vaccine, but not in high enough numbers for public health officials to act on it.


Give a vaccine for a harmless illness to an infant that can cause a life-threatening emergency? No thank you.


The human immune system evolved to be exposed to diseases like rotavirus, adapt to them, and fight them off. To vaccinate against a benign disease like this and circumvent natural exposure may have negative long-term health consequences.


The health authorities have not been protecting our children’s health by mandating this vaccine in the first place.

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