Doctors Suggest Infants Get Rotavirus Vaccine

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vaccination and profitsAnother vaccine for newborns and infants? Sounds like a plan. A plan to fulfill another plan. Such as Pfizer's plan to increases the global vaccine sales to 30+ billion USD by 2015.

I can only hope that vaccinations won't be made obligatory worldwide. Though this hope may die by the time 2015 will arrive.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Doctors said rotavirus is a contagious, gastrointestinal illness that is especially dangerous to infants.

Experts at Children's Mercy Hospital are encouraging parents to make sure their babies receive a new rotavirus vaccine as part of their immunization schedule.

Rotavirus is a common childhood illness, characterized by fever, vomiting and watery diarrhea. It can cause severe dehydration in infants and toddlers.

"Last year, half of those tested were positive for rotavirus and half of those positive ended up being admitted to the hospital," said Dr. Kenneth Thomas with Children's Mercy Hospital.

He said a previous rotavirus vaccine was pulled off the market due to complications in some children. Thomas said the new vaccine is given in three doses at the recommended ages of 2 months, 4 months and 6 months.

Thomas said if your infant is between 6 weeks and 12 weeks old, ask your pediatrician about protection against rotavirus.

Experts said during the winter months, rotavirus is one of the most common things that puts a child in a hospital.

"I highly recommend (the vaccine). Virtually all children by age 5 have been exposed to this virus. It's very contagious -- it takes very little of this virus to cause infection in another person," Thomas said.

source - The Kansas City Channel