You couldn't pay me to give this to my DS or any future children....
In 1999 RotaShield was pulled from the market because of 15 cases of intussception-http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4843a5.htm
Note in here it states that 15 cases occurred, a higher number than expected.
And as of March of 2007 (the last time I checked) – 28 cases have been reported linked to RotaTeq…and it’s still out there! And here one of the co-makers of RotaTeq comments on the 28 cases in the Associated Press (trying to find the link)
|“It’s a known serious, life-threatening adverse event that is being seen at an expected level postmarketing. But because it is so serious, we asked the company to change the label,” FDA spokeswoman Karen Riley said.
Dr. Paul Offit, the vaccine’s co-inventor, said the 28 reports were well below the hundreds of cases one would expect naturally. He suggested the FDA wanted to “shake the tree” for more reports about the vaccine.
“I am actually encouraged by those data: 28 cases, when you would have expected at least 500 cases, that is really reassuring,” said Offit, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “I don’t see how those numbers suggest something’s awry. If anything, they suggest nothing’s awry.”
So how come RotaShield was pulled with 15 cases (a higher number than expected) and RotaTeq with 28 cases is well below what one would expect naturally?????????????
The more I research vaxes the more ridiculous I find *most* of them, therefore DS will remain unvaxed.
ETA - DS and DH and I all had rota I believe...DS was even hospitalized for fluids for about 12 hours...not fun...but lived through it without risking surgery/death for intessception.