Rotavirus Vaccine Cuts Down On Illness


When my son was born, the Rotavirus vaccine had just come on the market. I had never even heard of Rotavirus. For those of you who are as clueless about the virus as I was 2 years ago, here you go. Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in U.S. children and is a leading cause of death among children in developing countries. In infants and small children, the virus is serious. The symptoms of this illness include diarrhea, low grade fever, vomiting and nausea. These symptoms usually last for 3-10 days. But even if the symptoms have subsided or improved, you should consider your child contagious for 10-12 days after the onset of diarrhea.

The Associated Press, published an article yesterday about the success the vaccine has had in cutting down on emergency room visits, since it came on the market 2 years ago. The vaccine is also preventing Rotavirus in children who were not vaccinated, by cutting down on the virus in the general population.

I was concerned about my son getting the vaccine 2 years ago. I chose to get him vaccinated after extensive research and also because my doctor said she had administered the vaccine to her own infant, and I trust her judgment.