Newborn deaths lead France to reconsider two vaccines


L’Express, Agence France Presse and other media in France report that two oral vaccines now recommended for newborns — Rotarix and RotaTeq — may be pulled from the country’s list of recommended vaccines following two deaths and more than 500 adverse events, 200 of them termed “serious.” These vaccines are thought to be causing intussusception, a serious condition in which the bowel folds on itself, causing a blockage and sometimes death.

The media coverage follows a report from France’s Technical Committee of Pharmacovigilance to France’s Directorate General of Health that “questioned the appropriateness of recommending widespread vaccination in France.”

In light of the dangers, France’s agency for drug safety, MSNA, this week has advised 160,000 health practitioners to warn parents of infants who had received these vaccines to be alert to signs of distress in their babies, which typically occur within 30 days of vaccination.

The two vaccines are administered…

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