Saturday, March 27, 2010

F.D.A. Asks Pediatricians to Stop Using a Diarrhea Vaccine for Now

The FDA has asked the nation’s pediatricians to stop giving children a diarrhea vaccine until federal scientists can figure out why the product contains apparently harmless but extraneous pieces of a pig virus.

The vaccine, called Rotarix, is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is intended to prevent severe cases of rotavirus infections, a diarrheal illness that can cause dehydration in infants and young children.

Reports are that there is no real risk.