Another Canadian Vaccine for Children Recommended
5th October 2010
Pediatricians are recommending that children be given yet another Canadian drug vaccine – this time to prevent against them contracting rotavirus. Rotavirus is the primary cause of gastroenteritis in young children, which inflames the stomach and leads to vomiting and diarrhea. Extreme cases can result in dehydration and shock, and the virus is extremely contagious.
The Canadian Paediatric Society, which is based out of Ottawa, says it is now recommending that all infants be given the Canadian drug vaccine, and is also calling for the Canada drug to be given universal funding by all the provinces, none of whom currently do so.
There are two such Canada drug vaccines for rotavirus in the country – Rotarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Inc., and RotaTeq, which is made by Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. “We think (the Canada drug vaccine) is safe, it’s effective, it’s going to prevent severe infections and it will, believe me, save the provinces money,” insists the chairman of the Canadian Paediatrics Society’s infectious disease and immunization committees, Dr. Robert Bortolussi, who is also a professor of pediatrics at Halifax’s Dalhousie University.
Some critics, however, are unconvinced and increasingly concerned by the number of vaccines children are receiving before they even turn two years old – up to twenty, at the current rate. “We are concerned that yet another vaccine is being added to the already crowded vaccine schedule imposed on Canadian babies today,” says the Vaccination Risk Awareness Network, which is based in British Columbia.