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Sir,
My grandson's age is 5 months 9 days on 31/07/2013. Today i.e. on 31/07/2013 my daughter-in-law had gone to some relative's house and there she got administered FIRST DOSE OF ROTAVIRUS VACCINE (GSK)to my grandson. But when I saw on internet about this vaccine I am worried because as per information there, for fist dose of this vaccine the age is over.  Now kindly suggest what should be done. Whether to go for 2nd dose or not.  What precaution should be taken for adverse effect if any.

I shall be highly obliged for an early reply.
k k sharma

Answer
Dear Mr. Sharma,

It is not safe to go for rotavirus vaccination after 15 weeks of age. There is risk of a serious side effect called "intusussception" if the vaccine is given to an older infant. Please remain watchful for next few days..and rush to nearest hospital if your grandson develops repeated vomiting.

In view of risk of such a serious side effect, it would not be wise to go repeat the mistake (You MUST NOT for the 2nd dose).

Best wishes,
Dr. Puneet Kumar,
Kumar Child Clinic, Dwarka,
New Delhi, India

www.kumarChildClinic.com

+91-9818356846

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Expertise

I would be happy to answer general queries on prevention and treatment of ailments in newborn, infant, toddler, child or an adolescent. Needless to say, it will not be possible to answer any query requiring specific diagnosis of a particular subject.

Experience

I have worked in various capacities (medical officer, resident, senior resident, consultant) in public as well as private sector in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Today, I have over 15 years of experience in the field.

Organizations
Currently, I am running my own clinic (Kumar Child Clinic) in Dwarka, New Delhi and am attached to Lifeline Hospital, Dwarka as consultant pediatrics and neonatology. I am also developing my clinic website into a comprehensive child health/ parenting website (http://www.kumarchildclinic.com)

Publications
(a) Chapter "National Immunization Schedule" in Frontiers of Social Pediatrics, Jaypee Publishers: 2nd edition, 2016. (b) Article, "All about Pertussis vaccines" in special issue of Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, July-Sept 2015 (c) Three chapters (DTP vaccines, Pneumococcal vaccines and Poliovirus vaccines) in "Textbook of Pediatrics for Post-graduates" First edition: 2015. (c) Chapter: "Alternative delivery methods of vaccines" in IAP textbook of Vaccines, First edition, 2014 (published by IAP/ Jaypee Brothers) (d) Special Article: "50 years of Immunization in India: Progress and Future" in January 2013 issue of Indian Pediatrics (e) Four chapters in "FAQ: Book on Vaccines and Immunization Practices" First edition, 2011 AND 2nd edition, 2015 published by Jaypee Brothers. (f) Three articles in special issue of Journal of Pediatric Sciences on “Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric Vaccination Today" in Sept, 2010. Co-edited the series also. http://www.pediatricsciences.com/issue/view/1050000010 (f) Regular column, “How do I treat” in Pediascene (www.pediascene.com) (g) Review article, “Role of Anti-Poliovirus Agents in Polio eradication and beyond” in Polio Pulse, April, 2008. (h) Chapter on “Acute Infectious Diarrhea” in Textbook of Infectious Diseases in Children. (An IAP Publication), 2007. 2nd edition in 2011. (i) Book-Review (IAP Pediatric Drug Formulary, 2004) in Pediascene, March 2005 (http://www.pediascene.com/page.php?cid=6&catid=9&id=132 ) (j) Case-report on Osteopetrosis. Jharkhand Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2002.

Education/Credentials
After MBBS, I have done DNB residency in Pediatrics.

Awards and Honors
Winner of IAP practising pediatrician's quiz in 2001.

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