Rotavirus?

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Rotavirus?
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Sat, 12-18-2010 - 9:15pm

Hey all - has anyone heard of getting a rotavirus vaccine for your LO? Apparently it's a stomach bug, but in severe cases babies can vomit/have diarrhea up to 20 times a day. I'd never heard of it until our pediatrician mentioned that the vaccine is available, but is not mandatory.





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Registered: 10-11-2005
Sat, 12-18-2010 - 9:19pm
We didn't get it for either Eloise or Desmond. Since I was exclusively nursing both of them, I wasn't as worried about it since they get their immunities from me and I have had rotovirus. That being said I think Desmond got it around 18 months while we were in India and it wasn't that horrible. Eloise hasn't gotten it yet, but it is better to get when they are a bit older. I was leery of the vaccine, still am since an older version of it had been recalled because of issues of it twisting children's intestines I believe (I know it was a rather serious and horrible side effect at least).

The vaccine just came out in 2007, so it is still fairly new.



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Registered: 02-26-2008
Sat, 12-18-2010 - 9:52pm
It's on the standard list of vaccines here in the states. Gabby just had her second dose. I did research on all the vaccines. Although my brain isn't remembering it all now. Dr sears has an awesom. Vaccine book.

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Registered: 02-27-2008
Sat, 12-18-2010 - 10:35pm
Yeah, that was one we chose to give Eliza at 3,5,7 months (we go in every month since we are spacing out the vaccines, she never gets more than two at one time). Even though she's not in daycare, we go to a lot of playdates and she is in contact with quite a few kiddos on a regular basis, so I thought it would be wise -- rotavirus is extremely contagious, and while most likely not life-threatening in a healthy infant, it didn't sound like something I wanted to deal with or have her go through!!

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Sun, 12-19-2010 - 12:35pm
A friend of mine's son just had the rotavirus at 5 months this year. He was sick for a few days- pretty bad diarrhea, but then it was over and he was fine.

It isn't an illness that I would vaccinate for but that is just me- I probably would get the vaccine if we had to do daycare at a young age though, as like all illnesses dealing with it in the first months of life would not be fun.
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Sun, 12-19-2010 - 7:23pm
We havent gotten it. TBH, our doc never even mentioned it and he tends to lean on the conservative side with needles. He prefers to give as few vaccines as possible and he spaces them out so he only gives one needle every 2 weeks (on the recommended schedule...so 2 needles at 2 months but at 2 separate appts, 2 weeks apart). He basically sticks with the needles covered by HC and if I have questions or concerns he addresses them but leaves the decision to me...he isnt pushy either way. I dont think we will be getting the rotavirus vax. He also didnt push the flu vax either and said that if he had any risks or developed any health issues that maybe then the flu vax would be worthwhile but not to jump on it right now unless I feel strongly for it. My main reasons for not doing the rotavirus or flu vax is that we are pretty low risk...we're at home, not exposed much to the outside world, he isnt in daycare, DH gets his flu shot (because he wants it), baby is EBF and will continue to BF through the winter and my immune system is strong.

Does your doc have any thoughts on the rotavirus vax?

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 7:34pm
Thanks for sharing your thoughts/experiences, ladies!

Ruby - our doctor suggests it to everyone, but says it's entirely our choice. With Evan being premature, he might be more susceptible to getting a severe case if he does contract the virus. The vaccine is taken orally, so I'm not too worried about the needle thing (and, honestly, after everything Evan's been through in his two hospital stays, a needle is not a big deal to us anymore! LOL!). He will be going to day care probably next summer (June or July), so I guess that's a factor we have to consider as well. Right now I'm leaning toward getting it because of the above, but still not 100% sure.




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Sun, 12-19-2010 - 8:52pm

David had his at the normal vaccine schedule. I can't remember what months it was I know it was posted earlier. I didn't want him to go through sometthing like that. We have done all vaccines on schedule as I want him to be immunized.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 8:53pm
I should re-state...not so much the needles themselves but that he thinks certain vaxes just may not be necessary and that there may be too many vaxes. Certainly with all that Evan has gone through, a needle isnt a big deal at all :) I dont really think the needles are a big deal either...I dont enjoy seeing him get them but I dont get super emotional or dread it like some of my friends talk about, hehe.

FWIW, if I had a pre-term baby, I would probably get the rotavirus and flu vax because of the increased risk for problems. Good luck with your decision. :)

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 8:58pm
Yeah, I think the fact that he's a pre-term baby is making me lean toward getting it. He can't get the flu vaccine because he's under 6 months, but both DH and I got it, so hopefully that keeps that at bay.




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Registered: 03-29-2008
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 9:08pm

We didn't choose to do this one because its not on my doctor's vac schedule.

-Suzie :)

 

 

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