|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:15:54 PM|Hi peas,
Just looking for feedback regarding the rotavirus vaccine. My ped is recommending it for my son along with his regular immunizations (none of which I'm opting out of).
I've talked to other moms and read about various anecdotal accounts and I have a few concerns.
It seems a lot of babies have adverse reactions to this vaccine (dehydration, vomiting, bloody stool etc.) and I feel uneasy about getting it for my son.
Did you vaccinate your children for rotovirus? Any opinions on it?
I plan on researching the vaccine more as well but I'd love to hear from experienced moms.
Thanks in advance.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences. It's good to hear that so many of you have had the vaccine administered with few issues. The virus itself does sound awful! Your poor babies
Did anyone have other family members get ill when their babies had the vaccine? I've heard that the live vaccine can cause stools to be infectious. Obviously, effective hand washing would prevent this but how infectious is it?
I'm still going to do my reading into the vaccine but I appreciate all your feedback.
Loc: Clinton Township, MI
|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:26:55 PM|
The vaccine was not available when my son was young. He had rotovirus at 13 months, and it was one of the most frightening things we have been through. Absolutely uncontrollable vomiting followed by the worst diarrhea imaginable, plus high fever. DS was so listless it was like having a newborn again. We had him at the ER twice in one day because we were so concerned about dehydration. So, assuming that the reactions to the vaccine are not very common, and assuming they are milder than the disease, I would not hesitate to get this one!
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|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:27:54 PM|I vaccinated my son for the Rotovirus and he had none of the side effects. Perfectly happy afterwards
Loc: Upstate NY
|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:31:44 PM|
Without hesitation. My oldest and youngest both had the vaccine. It had been pulled when middle dd was a baby so she wasn't able to get it. Then the poor girl got rotovirus. Without a doubt I would vaccinate!! Neither child suffered any side effects either.
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|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:35:25 PM|
I have taken care of many hospitalized children with Rotavirus. It can be mild, and it can be very very nasty. I would vaccinate. The side effects have got to be milder than the actual disease can be. The disease is highly contagious as well, so there is a good chance that if your child isn't vaccinated for it, he may contract the disease itself.
|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:36:25 PM|
Rotovirus is a very serious disease for young kids. Yes there can be side effects to the vaccine, if your son shows a bad reaction they won't continue the series.
My friend's son had it at 9 months. He was hospitalized for dehydration, and was very sick for almost a week.
I work in Public Health, in immunizations actually, but on the administrative side. The epidemiologists here reccomend the vaccine, unless there is an underlying illness already.
I just don't see why people think I'm too patronizing (that means I treat them as if they were stupid.)
|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:36:53 PM|
2 out of 3 of my kids have had the vaccine and have had no problems whatsoever. The only reason my oldest didn't have it is because the vaccine as it is today was not on the market, otherwise she would've had the vaccine too.
Rotavirus is awful, we went through it with my oldest.
|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:39:19 PM|
I have had 4/5 kids vaccinated with no ill effects at all. My one son did not get it because it was during the time they were reformulating it to cut down on side effects. He ended up with RV and it was the scariest few days of my life. He could not stop vomitting and the pressure from throwing up caused him to have diarrhea at the same time-it was like he was draining from both ends. He could keep nothing down at all-not like any stomach bug I had seen before or since. He ended up hospitalized as he was too weak to open his eyes and dehydrated despite all of our attempts to keep fluids in him. He was hooked up to IV machine and monitors and was still so violently sick but now we had to try to keep him from pulling out the tubing. It was pure hell. I didn't even blink when they asked for the subsquent kids- they had the shot.
Honestly alot of babies can have reactions to all kinds of shots, this one is no different.I am sure you can find info and both sides of the coin. For me, I would rather deal with one of mine getting chicken pox than RV. It is nothing to mess with especially in a tiny baby.
|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:40:34 PM|
We did vaccinations on a delayed schedule -- DD got them 2 at a time. We followed our pediatrician's advice as to what ones to do first & which it was okay to wait on. Pediatrician based the schedule on what illnesses DD would be most likely to be exposed to. The rotovirus one was one she felt was very important to do & we did it right on schedule.
We did not notice a reaction to any vaccines other than a couple times she had red marks & was warm to the touch at the injection site for a day or two.
|Posted: 2/19/2013 2:43:48 PM|
We have a similar experience to little mama. Dd had rotovirus at 15 months and was hospitalized for four days after becoming so dehydrated. It was the worst thing we have gone through as parents, by far. She contracted it at the doctor's office. If I had the choice, I would vaccinate.
|Posted: 2/19/2013 3:59:28 PM|
BTT for additional question.
|Posted: 2/19/2013 4:30:53 PM|
We got it done no issues.
My niece has roto and was miserable!
|Posted: 2/19/2013 9:44:30 PM|
I don't think DD got it (the vaccination). DS did, and he definitely experienced side effects from it - he had pretty severe diarrhea for a few days afterward. He was always a pretty bouncy baby, though, so it was still easy to keep him hydrated, etc. I would do it again if I had another child - as others said, the disease is awful.
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|Posted: 2/19/2013 10:05:06 PM|
I have always had all of the vaccines recommended and not had more than fever as a side effect, nor has anyone else that I know of. That being said, my oldest was hospitalized at 11 months due to dehydration from rotavirus. I don't know that they had the vaccine then. It was the worst throwing up and diarrhea ever.