I did hep B and vitamin K shot at birth .. Why .. Because I know it's right ..
We got hep b at birth. We don't have any particular risk factors but I saw no point in delaying until 2 months.
Eta- it's not a vaccine but we got vit k at birth too. I know you can get an oral version but from what I read on the subject, the injection is more effective so that's what we got. We also delayed cord clamping.
Last edited by Atropos; 07-12-2012 at 10:43.
Thank you for all the information guys. Definitely worth thinking about.
I won't be giving hep-b at birth although will be giving vit-k and my hospital does delayed cord clamping as standard.
As has been mentioned previously, it's a 3 step vaccination process to be immunised against hep b and those injections are included with later vaccinations anyway. I guess it terms of the 'why is it necessary at the 2 month vax' question, it's much like any other vaccine. The chance of your child contracting it may be slim but it's included as part of the schedule to try and reduce/eradicate the problem.
Hep B can in rare cases be spread by an infected child biting (and drawing blood) of a non infected child so whilst I hope your preschoolers aren't having sex I know both my girls have been bitten at both play group and crèche and sadly my 1 year old is a biter. Hep B is not solely spread through sex.
As others have written, the biggest reason is mother-child transmission.
We chose to do Hep B at birth for both our kids, as my occupation makes me (and my brother in law) high risk.
If that had not been the case we might have delayed the first one until 2 months, depending on the circumstances. Although I suspect we'd have done it anyway given that I've not seen any evidence of additional risk for the birth shot.
Keep in mind that Hep B is a widespread disease, and apart from sex/blood-blood contact it's quite plausible for it to be contracted through biting etc through child-child contact.
Thank you, I wasn't sure if it was the giving of a needle at birth or specifically the Hep B that some are against. I can see why some babies might be more at risk of getting Hep B than others.
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