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Errors with Oral Rotavirus Vaccine Detailed — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
January 31, 2014

Errors with Oral Rotavirus Vaccine Detailed

By Joe Elia

The CDC is reminding clinicians that oral vaccines aren't effective when administered by injection.

MMWR reports that between 2006 and 2013, there were 39 cases of injection, most with Rotarix (which, after all, comes in a dispenser that looks like a syringe waiting for a needle). And there have been 21 cases of eye splashes with the live-virus vaccine — most into the eyes of clinicians. There were no serious adverse effects from these mistakes.

The authors say that injected oral rotavirus vaccine isn't considered a valid dose; if an injected oral dose is administered, an appropriate oral dose should also be given. Given that 55 million doses of rotavirus vaccines have been distributed, these missteps must be considered rare, even if instructive.

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