Infants who receive the rotavirus vaccine may have an increased risk of intussusception, a bowel blockage that is treated in a hospital and may require surgery.
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Rotavirus Vaccine and Intussusception
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration in young infants. Every year, it causes an estimated 453,000 infant deaths worldwide, including 20-60 deaths in children under 5 years old in the United States.
The RotaShield® vaccine for rotavirus gastroenteritis was pulled off the market in the United States in 1999 after it was linked to an increased risk of intussusception. The risk increased 20-30X within 2 weeks following the first dose of RotaShield, and 3-7X after the second dose.
The CDC estimated that 1 or 2 extra cases of intussusception would occur for every 10,000 infants vaccinated with RotaShield.
Two other rotavirus vaccines, RotaTeq® and Rotarix®, have been linked to increased rates of intussusception in some studies, but not all. According to warnings from the CDC:
“It is possible that an estimated 1 to 3 U.S. infants out of 100,000 might develop intussusception within 7 days of getting their first dose of rotavirus vaccine. That means 40 to 120 vaccinated U.S. infants might develop intussusception each year.”
What is Intussusception?
Intussusception is a rare disorder in which one part of the intestines slides inside an adjacent part of the intestines. This “telescoping” injury is very serious because it can block food or fluid from passing through the intestines. It can also cut off the blood supply to part of the intestines, which can lead to necrosis (tissue death) or a perforation in the bowel.
Symptoms of Intussusception
Infants with intussusception may have repeated episodes of crying loudly in pain, followed by periods of exhausted sleep. Other symptoms may include:
- Stool mixed with blood and mucous
- Abdominal pain
- Lumps or swelling in the abdomen
The most serious complication is peritonitis, which is an infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity. It is often caused by a perforation in the intestines that allows bacteria to invade the abdomen. Peritonitis requires emergency medical care. It can cause your child to go into shock and lose consciousness.
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is designed to help victims of vaccine injuries. Funded by a $0.75 excise tax on all vaccines, the program has paid out nearly $3 billion to thousands of people since 1989.
If your child developed intussusception after receiving a vaccine, you may be eligible for up to $250,000 for your child’s pain and suffering, medical expenses, disability, and more.
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