My kids were diagonosed with....

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My kids were diagonosed with....
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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 9:41am
Rotavirus....now I saw something posted on here about a Rotavax? Is Rotavirus what this vax is for? I ask only because I know it was hard to see them with temps of 103.9 for 4 days..but they made it through just fine. Just wondering if this is connected or two different things?

Carla

Carla,

Mommy to...MariaElena,Lindsey,Jac

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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 11:37am
Yeah, it's the same thing. That must have been awful for all of you to go through! (HUGS)

Julie

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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 2:08pm
You know they tested them for MONO...I was like " how would they get that?" LOL

It was so sad to see them sleep all the time and then when you would touch them they were SO HOT that I could not even touch for too long. PRAISE GOD they are doing great...the only issue of course is with Lindsey..and just as soon as I start to stop her neb treatments this virus kicks in and now she is coughing again UGH.

Thanks for letting me know Julie...I wonder if they think infants at high risk should get this vax? Could that be what its for>?

Carla

Carla,

Mommy to...MariaElena,Lindsey,Jac

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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 2:34pm
Carla - the rotavirus vaccine (Rotashield) is no longer used - it was recalled when a concern about the vaccine's relationship to intusussception was noted. That was, what, a few years ago. There are new rotavirus vaccines in the pipeline but no doubt the outcry will reflect on the cases of intusussception with the original vaccine. Hope your kids are feeling better. We had a "light" year for rotavirus this last season....only a dozen or so kids admitted to the hospital with this.

Eve

 
 
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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 10:21pm
No offense to daycares cause lets face it we need them...and I have been in the business for 13 years. Yet I have to say aside from Lindseys Pertussis issues the kids were fine till I started work and BAM they get this! My kids have NEVER had this. I am just glad that they are over it...I for one would not vax for it I mean they handled it fine.

Can I ask though...what was the reasoning for making a vax for this in the first place? I mean is it as serious as the diseases we vax for today or is it just something they thought would be good to vax for? Just curious as to what the thinking was on it all.

Carla

Carla,

Mommy to...MariaElena,Lindsey,Jac

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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 10:35am
The reason for the vax was "cost of disease burden".

"Rotavirus also costs the nation more than $1 billion annually in medical bills and parents' lost productivity."

Most of the deaths (the claim is 600,000 worldwide) are in developing countries. About 40 of those occur in the U.S.

The virus is mainly spread by daycare workers not washing their hands between diaper changes and/or inattention to basic hygiene,

"Rotavirus is not spread like a cold, instead it is spread through fecal matter. Doctors say it can be spread by not properly washing a changing table or toilet."

www.nbc17.com/health/1842962/detail.html


The Rotashield was approved in Aug 1998 and removed by June 1999.

http://www.wcanews.com/archives/1999/oct/oct99h.htm

FACT: The rotavirus vaccine manufacturer has pulled the product off the market after the CDC advised doctors to postpone giving the vaccine until the CDC researched the occurrence of intussusception (a bowel obstruction in which one segment of bowel becomes enfolded within another segment) in 20+ infants who had just received rotavirus vaccine. About half of the babies required surgery to correct the condition. Two deaths occurred at this reporting 1. RotaShield by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories withdrew the product from the market. On July 15, 1999 the National Vaccine Advisory Committee withdrew its recommendation that children be vaccinated with rotavirus vaccine.

Rotavirus causes vomiting and diarrhea and can result in hospitalization. If treated, virtually all children recover. In the U.S. the death rate from rotavirus is extremely low, but in underdeveloped countries rotavirus kills a large number of children. If babies are breast fed, their risk of catching rotavirus is substantially reduced. Sanitation is implicated in occurrence 2.

http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/mccfhc/FACTSletter.htm

How could this problem causing vaccine get approved in the first place? The following may answer that question,

FROM:

Opening Statement

Chairman Dan Burton

Committee on Government Reform

“FACA: Conflicts of Interest and Vaccine Development:

Preserving the Integrity of the Process”

Thursday, June 15, 2000


"I was appalled to learn that at least six of the ten individuals who participated in the working group for the rotavirus vaccine had financial ties to pharmaceutical companies developing rotavirus vaccines.

How confident can we be in the recommendations with the Food and Drug Administration when the chairman and other individuals on their advisory committee own stock in major manufacturers of vaccines?"

Here's a link to that hearing and others,

http://www.house.gov/reform/vaccine_safety.htm

Christine











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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 12:37pm
Forgot to add this, if you want to read a couple interesting comments from pediatricians on the Rotashield vaccine, just send me an email. I would post the comments here but it would probably violate some copyright law or other.

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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 12:52pm
Well I have to say that it was inconvienent for us all...more so because at first they were being tested for monno..and we could not go to work. Hubby lost a weeks worth of pay and so did I. Ontop of it all I got grief from my boss about it. It bothers me that anyone would think they would need to come up with a vaccine purly for convience. When what we really need is employers to have a heart and give parents the time they need when their kids are sick...and daycares to pay the staff more so that they WILL take more care in what they do when watching other peoples kids.

Very interesting indeed...You can email me those comments to Mommyofmlj012@aol.com

Thanks

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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 1:23pm
"When what we really need is employers to have a heart and give parents the time they need when their kids are sick...and daycares to pay the staff more so that they WILL take more care in what they do when watching other peoples kids."

Yep, in a nutshell.

I really wish new parents would get at least a year off to stay home w/the babies. It's pretty sad that the maternity leave (if you're lucky enough to have a paid one) is a mere six weeks.

Sending the comments your way.

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Thu, 06-05-2003 - 2:21pm
Yes the time you get to take off after having a baby is WAY to short. I mean 6 weeks most babies ( if you do vax ) dont get their first vaccinations till they are 8 weeks. Not to mention daycares here have to have proof of immunitzations before they can come. I know that you can take up to 12 weeks here but of course anything after 6 in NOT paid for. I know that when Lindsey got sick, if I had had a job I would have lost it for sure. Still something needs to change with maternity leave.

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Thu, 06-05-2003 - 4:38pm
Carla, hope your kids are doing well. Just wanted to let you know that I did check out your web page, very nice looking family!

A comment on the mat leave, in Canada we get one year paid benefits but I was not able to use it. It only came into effect after Alex was born and I have been a SAHM ever since so no employment = no benefits. I did get the 6 months pay they use to have but we are able for me to stay at home as long as we like so I think we have it pretty good anyway you slice it.

Things need to change in regards to the price tag they put on raising a child by the parents, they need to understand the importance of it before it will change.

BTW, how are you feeling?

Majormom3

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