Common Infant Vaccine and Bowel Complication Risk
But chances of complication much lower than with previous rotavirus vaccine, studies show
"If I were the parent of an infant, I would not decline it," researcher Yih said of the vaccine. "I'd do it for the protection of my child, and those who can't receive it due to being immunocompromised." Among those with weakened immune systems, she said, are children on certain cancer treatments.
There's no way to know if some children are more prone to the bowel problem after getting the vaccine, Samuels said. Yih found the problem more likely after the first dose of RotaTeq.
Parents can be aware of possible symptoms, Samuels said. "If you notice your child in distress, pulling his knees up to the chest, with severe colic or blood in the stools -- any of those -- within seven days of administration of the rotavirus vaccine, [it] would warrant a trip to the emergency room," she said.