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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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 - 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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