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    Default Hep B Vaccination

    Hi All,

    Wondering if anyone could assist with some information on the Hep B vaccine that is apparently given at birth? I have just started doing my research into child vaccinations.

    I am generally pro-vaccination, in particular whooping cough which is experiencing a little bit of an epidemic at the moment with a lot of children and adults unimunised. However, I'm being open minded and looking at each vaccine one by one to make the decision rather than just giving a holistic OK to everything they suggest.

    So, I'm up to Hep B. Both me and DH are vaccinated against Hep B - does this have any impact on bub's immunity to Hep B? Or like chicken pox, whooping cough etc even if I am resistant or vaccinated bub will need to develop their own via vaccination? Just thought this may be in a different category as its a different type of disease.

    Thanks!

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    The only reason the give the Heb B vaccine at birth is to catch those very few babies who are at risk due to parent status. It's easier to jab every baby born, than to screen every mother/father/lifestyle, IYKWIM?

    If you decide against the Heb B vaccine at birth, it's no big deal, it's simply done along with the 2 month vaccinations

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    Thanks for the useful reply!

    I wonder if there is a risk of Hep B contraction from hospitals? Maybe that is another reason they encourage it?

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    Hep B is only contracted through blood or body secretions as far as I know, so while there possibly is a risk in Hospital, it would be minimal I would think.

    I don't have it, so put DS's off until his first needles at 2 months, and will do the same with DD when she makes her entry into the world.

    Like the PP said, it's easier to jab everyone than screen. Kind of like the rotavirus one. That is mainly for those up north, but they do everyone. Probably a good thing as then if you go traveling up north, the kids should be safe!

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    My DS got Hep B vacc at birth, primarily because I'm considered high risk because of my job. If you and hubby are vaccinated against Hep B, is there a similar reason that may be present for you?

    If I didn't have an elevated risk, we may have waited until 2 months with the rest of the schedule, depending on the health of the baby etc.

    There are many factors to consider, such as risk of parents, anyone you know infected, your location, child care etc.

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    My bub won't be getting hep B at birth. It's way too soon and I don't feel it's necessary. We will be delaying.


 

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