Originally published March 20 2014
CDC study: Babies in US improperly vaccinated, adverse reactions reported in 50 percent of incidents
by Charles Sanchez
(NaturalNews) A new CDC study found that the rotavirus vaccine, designed to protect against severe diarrhea, has been improperly administered to infants in an unknown number of cases. The maltreated babies were administered an oral vaccination as an injection which, besides being completely invalid, caused adverse reactions in 50 percent of reported cases. Researchers acknowledged that data on the subject is no doubt understated, as it is very likely most cases of improperly conducted vaccination go unreported.
The study also found that the oral vaccine, when given orally, was commonly being administered improperly as well. It was found that the vaccine was too often being coughed up, getting into the eyes of the babies, surrounding parents or caregivers which caused various degrees of irritation.
Researchers cited a lack of education and the neglect of health care providers to simply read the insert instructions before administering the vaccine as the primary cause behind these type of incidents.
The two approved rotavirus vaccines are known to cause a severe gastrointestinal disorder in infants Recent studies have determined that the vaccines are associated with a "significantly increased" risk of developing intussusception. Intussusception is a condition in which part of the intestines slides over itself creating a "telescoping" effect, ultimately causing blockage of the bowel.
In 1999, the first rotavirus vaccine, RotaShield, designed with the same protective measures in mind as the current vaccines, was withdrawn from the market for causing the same gastrointestinal disorder.
The CDC, while acknowledging connections of the currently used vaccines RotaTeq and Rotarix to intussusception, has asserted that the potential benefits outweigh inherent risks to children.
Rotavirus, RotaTeq and Rotarix facts and controversy Rotavirus is believed to be the number one cause of severe diarrhea in children and while it normally requires no special treatment, rest and hydration tend to be a sufficient remedy. RotaTeq and Rotarix are currently the only vaccines approved for use against the rotavirus in the US and both have had their taste of controversy.
RotaTeq, a product of Merck, was licensed for use by the FDA in 2006. RotaTeq is a genetically engineered vaccine developed from live, attenuated, human-bovine hybridized reassortant rotaviruses.
Rotarix, a product of GlaxoSmithKline, was licensed for use by FDA in 2008. Rotarix is also a genetically engineered vaccine and is developed from live, attenuated, human rotaviruses.
In 2010, the FDA announced that the RotaTeq vaccine was contaminated with DNA from two types of porcine circovirus (a potentially lethal pig virus) and had it temporarily suspended. While it is unknown for certain if the pig virus poses a threat to humans, the suspension has since been lifted and it is unclear whether or not Merck has had the virus removed from its vaccine.
Also in 2010, the FDA announced discovery of the same extraneous virus in the Rotarix vaccine, however GlaxoSmithKline claimed they would be reformulating their vaccine to remove any traces of the DNA.
While the rotavirus remains a major issue within the developing world, severe occurrences in modernized nations are much less frequent. It is a well-known fact that untreated dehydration in any part of the world is extremely dangerous and potentially fatal, particularly in the case of infants and children.
What is the best method of prevention? An important fact to note is that the rotavirus is spread from human to human through ingestion of fecal matter. That being said, it should be noted that the truly best form of prevention is hand washing and general cleanliness.
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