Alexander Beetle (15-07-2012)
Just had a bit more of a read on the Hep B vaccine now being considered essential at birth for every child in Australia.
(Last bold is theirs. First is mine).Recommendations
(i) Infants and young children
A birth dose of thiomersal-free monovalent hepatitis B vaccine, followed by doses given in combination vaccines (such as DTPa-hepB, DTPa-hepB-IPV, DTPa-hepB-IPV-Hib or Hib (PRP-OMP)-hepB) at 2, 4 and either 6 or 12 months, is recommended for all children.
The rationale for the universal birth dose is not only to prevent vertical transmission from a carrier mother (recognising that there may be errors or delays in maternal testing, reporting, communication or appropriate response), but also to prevent horizontal transmission in the first months of life from a carrier among household or other close contacts.17 The birth dose should be given as soon as the baby is physiologically stable, and preferably within 24 hours of birth. Every effort should be made to administer the vaccine before discharge from the obstetric hospital.
Extensive experience indicates that the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine is very well tolerated by newborn infants. It does not interfere with either the establishment or maintenance of breastfeeding, and it is not associated with an increased risk of either fever or medical investigation for sepsis in the newborn.18-20
If an infant has missed the birth dose and is aged 8 days or older, a catchup schedule is not required. A primary course of a hepatitis B-containing combination vaccine should be given at 2, 4 and either 6 or 12 months of age (provided the mother is HBsAg negative).
NB. All babies (preterm or term) of carrier mothers must be given a birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine and HBIG.
So the rationale is to prevent the newborn contracting Hep B from mum, dad, or any other carer in the first few months of life. If the parents are clear, and the child has no other exposure to Hep B (remembering Hep B is spread via blood - wounds, injecting, etc or sex) why is it considered essential? The government literature is unclear on this. Presumably to help stop the spread to vulnerable communities? How does this actually work when the baby is at minimal risk of contracting the disease? And why Hep B specifically? I think it's healthy to question governmental protocol. These would be questions I'd ask my HCP before submitting to a birth vax, personally.
I'm not sure why this kind of questioning attracts such passionate vitriol from the pro-blanket-vaccinations-for-all camp?
I think it is healthy to question things. Not sure who you are referring to as "pro-blanket-vaccinations-for-all camp"?? I and every pro vaxxer on this thread has said of course we know that not everyone can be vaccinated. Which is why it is so much more important that those who can be vaxxed, are.
I am going out on a limb here, I can understand why someone low risk would choose not to vaccinate against hep b at birth. I get it, I really do. I don't understand why you would vaccinate against things like whooping cough. But I can see why you would choose not to vaccinate against hep b.
In fact, it was the day before yesterday that someone linked this website into a thread about gardasil.
I think maybe you are just missing the threads?
Don't you remember a few years ago when all those anti vaxxers where on here and they used to link things from AVN, Whale etc etc.
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