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Afssaps reiterates: avoid Rotarix®

Afssaps reiterates: avoid Rotarix®


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On March 26, Afssaps encouraged the public to avoid using the Rotarix vaccine because the presence of porcine circovirus was detected in a batch of vaccines. This week, Afssaps reiterates this warning pending the conclusions of the European evaluation. (News of 28/05/10)

  • The Rotarix vaccine continues to be controversial. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), there is no need to restrict the use of the Rotarix vaccine. The French Agency for Health Safety of Health Products (Afssaps) prefers to play the card of prevention and advises against its administration.
  • Porcine circovirus type 1 DNA fragments were detected in lots of the Rotarix vaccine. This virus is usually found in certain meats and other food products. Although this virus does not present any health risk for humans, according to Afssaps and EMA, Afssaps advises, as a preventive measure, the administration of this vaccine to babies.
  • Rotarix is ​​an oral vaccine for babies from 6 weeks. It is used to protect toddlers from gastroenteritis caused by rotavirus infections.
  • Afssaps warns the public pending the conclusions of the European evaluation. The purpose of this assessment is to understand where these fragments of viruses come from and the scope of this contamination. The final results will be published next July.

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