Vaccinated Sibling Transmits Rotavirus to Unvaccinated Brother, Gets Rotavirus Gastroenteritis

Vaccines are safe and effective with a one-in-a-million-chance for an adverse reaction. At least that is what parents are told repeatedly by mainstream media doctors and scientists.

In January of 2010, Payne et al. describes an orally administered, live, attenuated, pentavalent human-bovine RotaTeq vaccine given to a two month old child.

Approximately 10 days following the vaccine, his older unvaccinated sibling required unexpected emergency treatment attributed to gastroenteritis.

Based on the case report in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediactrics, the vaccine-derived rotavirus was transmitted from the vaccinated infant to his older, unvaccinated sibling that lead to ‘symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis’.

Payne and colleagues mentioned although this may possibly not be a ‘common phenomenon’, they stated, “Transmission of RotaTeq strains to unvaccinated contacts was not evaluated in the pivotal clinical trials and, to our knowledge, has not been reported during the postlicensure period.”

To reflect Payne’s observation, the heading in the vaccine insert “Shedding and Transmission ” was added in September of 2010.

Listed as common side effects from the RotaTeq vaccine are diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, otitis media, nasopharyngitis, and bronchospasm.

The vaccine inserts continues to report, “No safety data no safety or efficacy data are available from clinical trials regarding the administration of RotaTeq to infants who are potentially immunocompromised… or infants with a history of gastrointestinal disorders.”

RotaTeq was approved for pediatric use in 2006. The vaccine is manufactured by Merck and Company. Paul Offit, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has a patent on the RotaTeq vaccine.

Paul Offit was quoted in a 2008 St. Petersburg Times article saying, “What really upsets people is that their child is pinned down and injected with a biological agent that they don’t really understand,” Offit said. “But in many ways, they’re safer than vitamins.”

6390 adverse events where found in VAERS for the rotavirus vaccine manufactured by Merck & Co. contradicting Paul Offit’s statement.

Sibling Transmission of Vaccine-Derived Rotavirus (RotaTeq) Associated With Rotavirus Gastroenteritis
Pediatrics 2010;125;e438-e441;

RotaTeq Vaccine Insert:

St. Petersburg Time

VAERS Adverse Events

Jeffry John Aufderheide

Jeffry John Aufderheide is the father of a child injured as a result of vaccination. As editor of VacTruth.com, he promotes well-educated health professionals, informed consent, and full disclosure and accountability of adverse reactions to vaccines.

  • suzanne

    So easy to demonstrate Offits’s contradictions. JB Handley did a wonderful job of it recently also. It is a farce that he is the kingpin. The show will be over soon. Keep up the great work Jeff.

  • suzanne

    And by the way this is not the first or will it be the last time that an “attenuated” vaccine virus mutates and spreads the exact disease it is supposed to prevent. Polio vaccine have done it too. And I really love the flumist vaccine that the insert says “the vaccine cannot cause the flu”. Yet, the cautions say to stay away from immunosuppresed people and describe flu symptoms in those who sniff the junk. And best of all kids who get sick after getting flumist and test positive for flu are told it is just the antigens that are testing positive, but they didn’t get the flu from the vaccine. Never never ever blame the almighty vaccine!

  • Marshell X

    total bs – i agree with suzanne. good job jeff.

  • Sandy


    Vaccine shedding appears to be the norm rather than the exception. The article gives an excellent description of shedding regarding the Rotavirus.
    Here are a few more of the many examples which refer to shedding:

    The effects of whole-cell pertussis vaccine wane after 5 to 10 years, and infection in a vaccinated person causes nonspecific symptoms (3-7). Vaccinated adolescents and adults may serve as reservoirs for silent infection and become potential transmitters to unprotected infants (3-11). The whole-cell vaccine for pertussis is protective only against clinical disease, not against infection (15-17). Therefore,even young, recently vaccinated children may serve as reservoirs and potential transmitters of infection.

    Five months after 2 siblings were immunized with varicella vaccine, 1 developed zoster. Two weeks later the second sibling got a mild case of chicken pox. Virus isolated from the latter was found to be vaccine type. Thus, the vaccine strain was transmitted from the vaccinee with zoster to his sibling. Vaccinees who later develop zoster must be considered contagious. varicella-zoster, zoster, vaccine, transmission, rash

    For the study, daily urine samples were obtained from either 15-month-old children or young adults following measles immunization. Overall, measles virus RNA was detected in 10 of 12 children during the 2-week sampling period. In some cases, measles virus RNA was detected as early as 1 day or as late as 14 days after vaccination. Measles virus RNA was also detected in the urine samples from all four of the young adults between 1 and 13 days after vaccination.

    Polio outbreak sparked by vaccine, experts say.

    Transmission of a vaccine virus from a FluMist recipient to a contact was documented in a pre-licensing trial. The contact had a mild symptomatic Type B virus infection confirmed as a FluMist vaccine virus.
    Transmission Study (Flumist):
    FluMist contains live attenuated influenza viruses that must infect and replicate in cells lining the nasopharynx of the recipient to induce immunity. Vaccine viruses capable of infection and replication can be cultured from nasal secretions obtained from vaccine recipients. The relationship of viral replication in a vaccine recipient and transmission of vaccine viruses to other individuals has not been established.

    More concerns regarding shedding: MMR, BCG, HIB, MENINGITIS C:


  • kate

    Years ago I ended up with Measles after being vaccinated for Measles twice. It was the vaccine strain.

  • @Suzanne – I think you’re onto something there. ;)

    @Sandy – I appreciate all of the salient and germane information. Shedding is a big problem with vaccines and actually I wonder why more attention is not drawn to this phenomenon?

    @Kate – That is most unfortunate. I personally believe this happens more often than we are led to believe.

  • Nicole

    I am due to deliver my son any day now
    My family wants to visit for a few weeks with their 6 wk old son who will have just received the rotovirus and other vaccines. I am worried of my less than week old contracting rotovirus, they think I’m crazy. What should I do?