Many parents struggle with decisions concerning the vaccination of their baby. Over the past decade, studies have emerged showing that some infant vaccinations carry the risk of serious side effects. The new data puts parents in a difficult situation when deciding whether their child should receive a particular vaccination.
One such study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), in which American scientists studied the rate of infant intussusception - a condition that may bring serious bowel problems - after administration of the rotavirus vaccine. Physicians studied infant patients for seven days after receiving doses of the monovalent rotavirus vaccine and pentavalent rotavirus vaccine.
In part, the study reads:
"In this prospective postlicensure study of more than 200,000 doses of monovalent rotavirus vaccine, we observed a significant increase in the rate of intussusception after vaccination, a risk that must be weighed against the benefits of preventing rotavirus-associated illness."
The new study makes yet another decision for parents more challenging, but it is important for parents to have the facts. While most vaccines end up causing no serious side effects to their infant patients, the risk of autoimmune disease and dangerous conditions like intussusception are real.
If your child developed an impactful condition or disease after receiving a vaccination, speak with an experienced drug side effects attorney. Some vaccines have a strong correlation to illness and disorder. A skilled lawyer can help you determine whether you may have a case.
McKeen & Associates, P.C., is a nationally-known law firm that focuses much of its practice on helping patients and families after injuries caused by pharmaceutical or medical negligence. Based in Detroit, Michigan, McKeen & Associates has the skills and resources to represent clients anywhere in the country.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine, "Risk Of Intussusception After Monovalent Rotavirus Vaccination," Eric S. Weintraub, Jan. 14, 2014