Hepatitis B vaccine… When?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I haven’t had kids of my own yet but I know that when my nephew was born they gave him a lot of those early shots at the hospital right after birth. One of them I know was hep B. It didn’t make a diff.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We waited and I am glad we did.  I felt like being born is tough enough!  And babies have a tough time regulating temperatures at that age, so reactions (fevers) are difficult to tell from normal newborn symptoms.  Unless the baby is going to be in contact with someone with Hep B, there is no real reason to get it right away besides it is “safe at that age.”  Baby will already need vitamin K shot, plus whatever else.  Really it’s just personal choice, so do whatever you are comfortable with. I don’t think it will hurt your baby to have it right away or to wait.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I would suspect that you should wait until baby’s immune system is a bit better developed, especially seeing as baby will receive some measure of immunity from your breast milk.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Where I live, Heb B isn’t a routine childhood vaccine unless someone in the household is Hep B positive.  It’s transmitted by body fluids (eg. sex, IV access, etc, like HIV) so I can’t imagine that the average newborn needs it and can’t see why it would be routine practice to give it at such a young age when it’s completely unnecessary until the baby/child is older.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@cdncinnamongirl:  ??? perhaps it is late and my brain function is being a little slow tonight… but why would the mother be Hep B pos? It seems to be so highly unlikely to me.

That said, where I live then you don’t regularly get Hep B at all unless you plan to travel, or enter a dangerous profession.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Rachel631:  It’s not super common here, but it’s not super rare either and it’s estimated half of those who have it don’t know it.

Are there any studies about how effective it is at the 2 different ages?  Infants usually aren’t good at producing antibodies, which is partially why many vaccines aren’t given at birth.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@AB Bride:  “Infants usually aren’t good at producing antibodies, which is partially why many vaccines aren’t given at birth.” Yes, that’s what I would have thought… this is why they need the antibodies in breast milk.

I don’t know of any studies, I’m afraid.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mixtaperomance:  I would wait as well. I think the only shot DS had in the hospital was vitamin K? It’s been a couple years, so maybe my memory is off!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I recieved the hep b vaccine when I went to South America in high school. It’s something that can be vaccinated for much later in life. As a baby, they aren’t exactlh going to be exposed to the virus, which is transmitted by sexual fluids and blood.  I would only give it to my child if he or she was going out of the country at a young age because of the risk associated with contaminated blood transfusions in other countries. 

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