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2010-05-12 09:16:53

Vaccination of infants with Rotarix or RotaTeq significantly reduces the rate of severe rotavirus diarrhea, hospitalizations, medical attention due to rotavirus and severe diarrhea from all causes. The vaccines are not associated with increased numbers of serious adverse events. These are the conclusions of a Cochrane Systematic Review published in the May 2010 issue of The Cochrane Library. Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children, with...

2010-05-10 07:34:00

FDA Expert Advisory Panel Fails to Follow Safety First Agenda for Childhood Vaccines Containing DNA from Pig Viruses WASHINGTON, May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a panel of experts to review recent findings that rotavirus vaccines given to infants in the U.S., Rotateq, produced by Merck Pharmaceuticals and Rotarix produced by GlaxoSmithKline, are contaminated with DNA from pig viruses PCV1 and PCV2. On March 22nd the FDA...

2010-05-07 15:42:00

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) today participated in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee meeting convened to discuss recent findings of porcine circovirus (PCV) in rotavirus vaccines. Although the committee did not issue any formal recommendations, members widely acknowledged that the benefits of vaccinating infants worldwide against rotavirus disease clearly outweigh the theoretical risks associated with the presence...

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2010-03-27 09:37:36

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) said Friday that it needs 4.3 billion dollars to save more than 4 million lives by 2015, asking donors to foot the bill. The alliance provides vaccines for poor children and claims that they have prevented over 5.4 millions deaths through their efforts. "There is a potential for saving 4.2 million children until 2015 if we have funding," said Graca Machel, a patron of the GAVI. She said the alliance needed an additional 2.6 billion...

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2010-03-23 06:25:00

After discovering that doses of Rotarix were contaminated with an apparently benign pig virus, US health officials urged pediatricians on Monday to stop using the vaccines on babies until further notice. The vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, has been used in millions of children worldwide, including 1 million US children, with no signs of safety issues -- and the virus is not known to cause any kind of illness in people or animals, said Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the FDA. The...

2010-03-22 13:41:00

FDA Recommends Clinicians Temporarily Suspend Use of Vaccine as Agency Learns More SILVER SPRING, Md., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FDA is recommending that healthcare practitioners temporarily suspend use of the Rotarix vaccine for rotavirus immunization in the United States while the agency learns more about components of an extraneous virus detected in the vaccine. There is no evidence at this time that this finding poses a safety risk. (Logo:...

2010-03-22 13:39:00

LONDON, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) today confirmed that it has notified regulatory authorities of the presence of material from a virus called PCV-1 in its oral rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix(TM). PCV-1 does not multiply in humans and is not known to cause illness in humans (1)(2). It is found in everyday meat products and is frequently eaten with no resulting disease or illness. The material was first detected following work done by a research team in...

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2010-03-15 14:35:00

The Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) said on Monday that a further 4.3 billion dollars is needed if the global vaccines alliance is to meet its goal of supplying life-saving immunizations to millions of children in poor countries by 2015. The GAVI Alliance invited existing and potential donors to a meeting on March 25 and 26 in The Hague to ask them to "make a strong impact" on childhood death rates. According to Reuters, world leaders from 189 countries signed up in...

2010-01-28 10:30:25

A vaccine designed to protect infants against rotavirus, the leading cause of childhood diarrhea, can actually cause the disease in infants born with severe combined immunodeficiency, said experts at Baylor College of Medicine in a study that appears in the current edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. The vaccine provides substantial benefit against rotaviral infection. Worldwide, it has prevented potentially deadly infections in millions of children. However, infants who are born...

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2010-01-28 10:10:00

Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe, acute gastroenteritis among infants and young children throughout the world and is responsible for an estimated 527,000 deaths among children under five each year. More than 90% of childhood deaths attributed to rotavirus infection occur in developing countries. Symptoms include severe diarrhea and vomiting, leading to loss of fluid and electrolytes which can result in dehydration, shock, and death. Safety and efficacy trials have already been...


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2011-02-23 20:42:46

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea among infants and young children and is one of several viruses that cause the stomach flu. It is in the family Reoviridae and is a genus of double-stranded RNA. Most children have been infected by the age of five. Each infection builds on previous immunity and thus subsequent infections are less severe and adults are rarely affected. The fives species of the virus are referred to as A, B, C, D, and E. Type A, which is the most common, causes more...

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