Originally Posted by TX Mama
When I called to schedule they didn't say anything about it not being available. I had been going by the Vaccine Book which I know is not the be all, end all book but it is still pretty detailed with ingredients. Pig was not listed but monkey and cow were. Regardless of what animal it is, I'm still not keen on it. Good point about the availability of relief if he does get it.
Just wanted to calrify this:
there are 2 rotavirus vaxes Rotarix http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_rotarix.pdf
The strains of rotavirus are isolated from humans and are grown on monkey kidney cells there is no bovine serum in this one.
and rotateq http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Biologi.../UCM142288.pdf
The strains in this one are isolated from humans and Cows. The cells are also grown on monkey kidney cells and there is featl bovine serum in this one. Fetal bovine serum comes from the blood drawn from a bovine fetus and is the portion of plasma remaining after coagulation of blood.
The reason there are no pig cells lsited is that they are not supposed to be there. The pig viruses (PCV1 and PCV2) were discovered as a contamination by an independent lab.
The best bet when deciding on if you want to give any vaccine is to read the package insert in detail and look up any ingredient or thing you are not farmiliar with.