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    Default Hep B injection at birth

    I'm about to give birth to my first child (if it ever chooses to leave my womb!!). I've been given information on the vitamin k and hep b injections. I'm about to research the reasoning behind giving a new born a hep b injection. Does anyone know why or have any research as to why it is done so early?
    For the record, I'm pro vaccination so that is not the question here. I just don't understand why hep b is given so early!

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    Default Hep B injection at birth

    I didn't give it, it's ridiculous to give a newborn an immunisation for an STD unless they have a family member with it. My midwife even told me not to get it. I will probably give it to him when he reaches school age

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    Default Hep B injection at birth

    Thank you for your replies! I just spoke to my doctors office and I am immune.

    I've done a quick search on the net, I haven't yet been able to find too much 'official' information on it. I think at this point in time I might delay it. But then the small voice in my head is saying 'but what if my baby gets sick, I'll never forgive myself for not vaccinating'. I guess that could go the other way as well.

    Haha I think I'm still very undecided!!!

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    Unless your baby will be in close contact (passing bodily fluids etc) with someone Hep B positive, then my opinion is that you'd be safe to hold off on the Hep B vaccination until the first lot of vaccinations on the schedule at 2 months

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    I skipped the Hep B at birth for DS2, they're bunged in with the others at the
    2, 4 and 6 mth shots, so I really didn't see how it was necessary at birth.
    I even questioned a nurse about this and she had no real answer.
    No one seems to have a good enough answer to jab a new born with Hep B,
    in my opinion.
    I'd hold off if I were you, I only wish I had the cop on to do so with DS1

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    I am pro vax but I didn't want DD to have the vit K or hep B at birth.

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    Default Hep B injection at birth

    I'm pro vac to schedule, in hindsight I wish I didn't do hep b at birth because I have since put more thought into it and I don't think it is necessary. I do think vitamin k is.

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    Default Hep B injection at birth

    From what I could find, they give the hep b vax at birth to prevent the mother to baby transmission as apparently the virus can take a long time to show in the mothers blood.

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    My understanding is that Hep B is only necessary in large communities with great exposure like remote Aboriginal communities etc.

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    It's not necessary at birth.

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