HELP PLEASE!!! Rotavirus (Rotarix) Vaccine

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Gemb288
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Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:39 pm 
Post subject: HELP PLEASE!!! Rotavirus (Rotarix) Vaccine
Hello,

My son went for his immunisation jabs yesterday at 17 weeks.

The nurse said to me that there was a new vaccine for the Rota Virus but he couldn't have it as he was too old, but then she said "Hang on let me check all the info that they send with the vaccines"

The "paperwork" said

"the two dose course should preferably be given before the child is 16 weeks old, but must be completed by the age of 24 weeks"

So she said that as he was 17 weeks old at his first dose then he would be fine because his second dose(4 weeks apart) would be at 21 weeks old.
She checked and double checked and said that it was fine, so i agreed.

However, having looked on a few websites it looks like he shouldn't have been given it.

The NHS website says:
The rotavirus vaccination is only suitable for young babies. The first dose cannot be given any later than 15 weeks and the second dose no later than 24 weeks. Babies can only have the second dose if they had their first dose before 15 weeks.


The NetDr website says:
The first dose of the vaccine can't be given to babies who are older than 15 weeks. This is because there is insufficient data on the safety of a first dose of rotavirus vaccine in older infants.

An American medical website says:
Infants for whom the first dose of rotavirus vaccine was inadvertently administered at age 15 weeks or older should receive the remaining doses of the series at the routinely recommended intervals. Timings of the first dose should not affect the safety and efficiency of the remaining doses.

I am FREAKING out big time, i cant believe they gave my son a vaccine that's not safe. How will i know if its going to harm him, what will it do, when am i in the all clear? Sorry for all the questions but i'm so upset. Ive been crying and stressing all day.
Ive allowed them to trial a drug on my precious baby boy!!
What shall i do? Is there a vaccine expert that i can call? I fear if i call the the GP, he will just use google like me and NHS direct just read from scripts!!!

What shall i do?

Also, regardless of this first dose, do i have the second dose as it will be before the 24 weeks so i know that one is safe but the NHS website says not to????

I hate this, i wish i could rewind the clock and just say no!!!!!

Thanks in advance for reading my crazy rant!!!

Gem xx
hayley2903
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Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:18 pm 
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I completely agree with you (not to worry you) but you shouldn't have been pressured into this and i don't feel you should have been offered it the same day as hearing of it.

to be honest i would personally not continue with this. IM all for new medicine etc etc however theyre so risky for such a young baby. I did lots of research recently int the cervical cancer vaccination and as it was barely into its trial period and no one even still to this day knows its full capabilities im so very wary or any jab now!! I would try and google a specialist in vaccinations or something just to satisfy a few of your questions xx
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Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:31 am 
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If you're worried I'd refuse the second dose, but honestly I wouldn't worry about the first one as a few days shouldn't make a difference, they'll have to have a cut off point and it only says there's 'insufficient data' which will just mean they haven't run trials not that they actually think it will cause a problem, you did what you thought was the best thing at the time and if the second dose is safe up to 24 weeks then I really can't see how the first dose could possibly cause a problem Question Just had a read on an US site where they've used this for much longer than here and the side effects seem to be a tiny risk of an allergy to the vaccine (which would have shown up by now ) or mild symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and irritability which can be slightly more likely if given later hence the 15 week cut off ,15 weeks can be read as anything from the day they turn 15 weeks up to 15 weeks and 6 days but any slight increased risk of a reaction won't suddenly shoot up overnight for the first dose so even an extra week probably wouldn't increase it by much, if your son is showing no ill effects from it then I'd just try not to worry about it but maybe have a word with whoever is in charge of the nurses to point out that this nurse gave you bad advice and how much worry it's caused you xx
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Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:10 am 
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DL05 wrote:
If you're worried I'd refuse the second dose, but honestly I wouldn't worry about the first one as a few days shouldn't make a difference, they'll have to have a cut off point and it only says there's 'insufficient data' which will just mean they haven't run trials not that they actually think it will cause a problem, you did what you thought was the best thing at the time and if the second dose is safe up to 24 weeks then I really can't see how the first dose could possibly cause a problem Question Just had a read on an US site where they've used this for much longer than here and the side effects seem to be a tiny risk of an allergy to the vaccine (which would have shown up by now ) or mild symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and irritability which can be slightly more likely if given later hence the 15 week cut off ,15 weeks can be read as anything from the day they turn 15 weeks up to 15 weeks and 6 days but any slight increased risk of a reaction won't suddenly shoot up overnight for the first dose so even an extra week probably wouldn't increase it by much, if your son is showing no ill effects from it then I'd just try not to worry about it but maybe have a word with whoever is in charge of the nurses to point out that this nurse gave you bad advice and how much worry it's caused you xx


I couldn't agree more with what you said. He is only over the threshold for the age bracket by a few days. if he was early/given the wrong due date - he might actually be in the right age bracket, if you know what I mean. I wouldn't worry, if he is ok with-in himself and the vaccine has been deemed safe for young babies then I don't think there is anything to stress about. They all develop differently anyways so I cant see how they can say its safe at 15 weeks but not 17 weeks, such a small window of time. xxx
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