Rotavirus?

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Registered: 04-22-2006
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: 08-24-2005
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 7:09am

Alyssa, Fede got it, and he was perfectly fine afterwards! It's optional in the argentinian vaccine calendar, but since it was summer, I figured a case of bad diarrhea could be dangerous because of dehidration.

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Registered: 02-16-2008
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 8:34am

Alyssa--

We gave it to Peter, but he's been in daycare since he was 8 weeks old. If you choose not to get it now, could you get it right before he starts daycare next summeer?

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 8:59am

This vaccine wasn't around when Ray was born.... now you've got me wondering if it's going to be worth getting for new baby.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 11:45am

Liz - as far as I know it has to get done three times, at 2, 4, and 6 months (along with the other regular vaccinations). We're okay with the regular vaccine schedule, so we'll follow this recommendation.

Kate - LOL! It's amazing how quickly things change! Most (95%) kids will get Rotavirus under the age of 5 - it just depends whether they get a severe case or not. Might be something to look into.

We had a follow-up appointment today with the GI doctor from when Evan was in the hospital, and he strongly recommended it for any child that will be in daycare under the age of 2, or out in public a lot, or around other young children a lot. So, we're going to get it done.

Just for information for anyone interested: Someone mentioned a side effect involving the intestines (I can't remember who - sorry!) --- the GI doctor said that was with the first vaccine that was created, and even then it was very rare and in fact occurred the same frequency as in babies that didn't get the vaccine. Anyway, the one being used now does not have that possible side effect.





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