Rotashild Research Paper

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The immune system, which is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs, defends people against germs and microorganisms every day. Your immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade the body and cause disease. When foreign substances that invade the body (also called antigens) are detected, several types of cells work together to recognize them and respond. These cells trigger the production of antibodies. So once these antibodies are produced they continue to exist in your body and “remember” the antigens and continue fighting off that same antigen if it ever arises again in your body. According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, vaccine is defined as a prepared weakened or killed pathogen, such as a bacterium or virus, or of a portion of the pathogen's structure that upon administration stimulates antibody production or cellular immunity against the pathogen but is incapable of causing severe infection. As I said before, when you get sick with a disease, your immune system produces immunity. This immunity keeps them from getting…show more content…
It was intended to prevent rotavirus, a disease that causes severe diarrhea in infants. A year after its introduction, RotaShield was voluntarily withdrawn from the market, following numerous reports of a condition called intussusception, which is an extremely painful, possibly deadly process whereby the infant's intestines become twisted and obstructed. By September of 1999, there had been 99 reported cases of intussesception in infants given RotaShield. Two of those babies died. The FDA did not require any of the information they obtained from investigation to be shared with parents of the babies who received the RotaShield vaccine. It was later discovered that three out of five members of an FDA advisory committee voting to approval the vaccine in December of 1997 had ties to pharmaceutical companies developing rotavirus
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