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Rotavirus vaccine side effects could be a sign of a vaccine injury.

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Rotavirus Vaccine Side Effects Could Indicate A Vaccine Injury

If your child has received the rotavirus vaccine and is showing signs of severe reactions like intense abdominal pain or watery diarrhea, it's important to act quickly. These symptoms may indicate a serious condition known as intussusception, where part of the intestine folds into itself.

While this is rare, it's important to seek medical attention immediately to ensure your child's health and safety. If your child experiences such severe side effects, you may be eligible for compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

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What is Rotavirus?

Rotavirus is a very contagious virus, especially in infants. It causes inflammation in the stomach and intestines, leading to diarrhea and other digestive tract issues.

Rotavirus infections are unpleasant and alarming. But you can usually treat this infection at home by giving your baby extra fluids to prevent dehydration. Occasionally, severe dehydration requires receiving fluids through a vein (intravenously) in the hospital. If your infant gets exposed to rotavirus, they likely won’t display symptoms for two days. After that, they may have:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pain

While anyone can get rotavirus, it’s most common in children and infants. In fact, before the development of a vaccine in the United States, most children would get infected by the virus before age 5. So, the rotavirus vaccination plays a vital role in preventing your child from contracting this harmful virus. But occasionally, the vaccine may cause severe rotavirus vaccine side effects or injury. These side effects can be alarming, especially when they affect your child.

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Rotavirus Vaccine Side Effects

Some mild reactions to the rotavirus vaccine are normal. Babies may become irritable or restless, or experience mild diarrhea in the days following the vaccine.

But sometimes, more severe Rotavirus Vaccine Side Effects do occur. The most dangerous event that a rotavirus vaccine could cause is intussusception. Intussusception is an intestinal disorder in which the bowel folds into itself and blocks the intestine. This prevents essential food, fluid, and blood from passing through. Intussusception can lead to…

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Temporary diarrhea
  • Infection

Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of these severe rotavirus vaccine side effects. Intussusception is dangerous, especially if left untreated. Although intussusception can occur at any age, preterm infants, babies, and young children between ages 6 to 24 months are at higher risk than older children. Aside from intussusception, another rare rotavirus vaccine side effect is an allergic reaction. Like all vaccines, there’s a slight possibility that the rotavirus vaccine could cause anaphylaxis. Although rare, this severe allergic reaction is considered a medical emergency. Anaphylaxis usually occurs shortly after vaccination, and your medical professionals should quickly respond.

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Compensation for Severe Rotavirus Vaccine Side Effects

You vaccinate your children for their health and safety, so it can be overwhelming when a vaccine leads to injury or severe reaction. You're not alone, and we're here to help. Our team will support you and help you get compensated in the VICP.

You Could Get Compensated for Your CIDP Disease

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) compensates individuals for vaccine-induced injuries like CIDP. All vaccine injuries are overwhelming. But we understand how daunting it can feel to be faced with a lifetime of chronic illness suddenly. If you experienced CIDP disease from a vaccine, we will navigate you through the VICP process – and help you get the compensation you deserve.

If your child experienced severe rotavirus vaccine side effects, you may be eligible for compensation. The Vaccine Injury Program (VICP) offers settlements to victims of vaccine injury. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 formed the VICP. It compensates individuals for vaccine injury without holding the manufacturer or administrator responsible. The VICP reduces the number of lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers to ensure that...

  • Vaccine manufacturers continue creating and distributing life-saving vaccines across the nation.
  • Victims like you receive the compensation they deserve for a rare vaccine injury.

To receive a settlement for a vaccine injury, you must first submit a claim to the VICP. If the VICP decides to defend the case, your case may go to trial in the vaccine court. Our goal is to get your case settled before you ever enter a courtroom. Most of our clients receive compensation for their case outside of court.

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About the Rotavirus Vaccine

The rotavirus vaccine protects almost all babies from severe rotavirus diarrhea. The rotavirus oral vaccine comes in the form of drops that a healthcare provider places in the child's mouth. US infants should get 2-3 doses of the rotavirus vaccine to protect their immune system.

Depending on the brand of vaccine used, below is the general vaccine schedule for infants:

  • The first dose must be administered before 15 weeks of age.
  • The second dose must be administered by 8 months of age.

This life-saving vaccine is vital to protecting your child from the severe illness rotavirus disease can cause. But sometimes, injury from rotavirus vaccine side effects can occur.

Is the rotavirus vaccine safe? The first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved rotavirus vaccine was later withdrawn from the market after concerns over vaccine safety. The two current rotavirus vaccines have a lower risk of injury. But there is still evidence linking these vaccines to the risk of a severe vaccine injury and adverse effects.

Rotavirus Vaccine Injury Diagnosis and Treatment

Certain symptoms may indicate the severe rotavirus vaccine injury, intussusception.

In addition to pain, early signs of intussusception include...

  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal distention
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Bloody stool

The risk of intussusception can be dangerous. If you don't seek treatment for these symptoms, worsening symptoms can develop – including perforation of the bowel. 

Abdominal imaging such as ultrasound can confirm the diagnosis of intussusception. A contrast enema study can confirm the most common type of intussusception in children called ileocolic.

Once it's confirmed that your child has intussusception, you must seek urgent treatment. If there are no signs of bowel perforation, nonoperative enema treatment may heal the issue. But if there are signs of perforation in the bowel or other serious side effects, surgery may be necessary.

If your child experienced severe rotavirus vaccine side effects and you’re ready to file a claim to the VICP, we’re here to help. Contact us today to have your case reviewed by a lawyer. 

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