As a new, expecting parent, or an expecting parent who currently vaccinates or has vaccinated their other children but have started to question vaccines lately..
I know it's overwhelming on where to start.
Newborns 👶 receive a Hepatitis B shot as soon as they arrive into this crazy world. 🤯 You should know what Hep B is and if you trust your doctor, great! He should be able to answer your questions about the vaccine, right? 🤔
If you do NOT have Hepatitis B. It's only possibly transmitted through oral, vagina, or anal sex, through needles contaminated with Hep B, or from mom who has Hep B via pregnancy, labor, or breastfeeding. 👍
First 📢 read the insert. Both inserts are in pdf format so can't be linked but click on the first FDA link to read 📖 the insert: https://www.google.com/search?q=Hep+B+vaccine+insert&oq=Hep+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j0l2j69i61.2425j0j0&client=ms-android-samsung-gs-rev1&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
Then! Go in to your next doctor appointment and ask your doctor 🧑⚕️ why your newborn baby needs a Hepatitis B shot when he or she won't be around contaminated needles, engaging in any type of sexual behavior, & you don't have it. Also keeping in mind that an infant's immune system is not developed until 2 years old and is unable to produce enough antibodies to even protect from the disease. 😒
If your doctor gives you an educated, excellent answer that makes complete sense, and you feel good about it, then great. 🤷♀️
If your doctor pauses, fumbles their words, has to look up the answer, gives you a response that doesn't make any sense and sounds made up, or says something like "it's to strengthen your newborn's immune system right away" (which is a complete lie) then you will skip the Hep B shot for your newborn. 👌
You'll simply decline and make it clear in your birth plan, with your nurses, and when you get to the hospital when you're ready to deliver. The Hep B vaccine at birth is not mandatory anywhere in this country (nor are any infant/toddler vaccines)
It's your job to do the research 🧐 on things injected into your baby. This is an easy way to make up your mind about their first injection.