I wanted to write this post a long time ago, but was hesitant to do so due to how cruel and opinionated some can be in blog-land.
So before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s first go over what this blog post is NOT about:
- Whether or not you should vaccinate your children. Heavens no. That’s not what this post is about. It’s not my place to state whether vaccines are right for you. I truly believe in a mother’s intution…what may be the answer for one parent (or one child), could be a very wrong answer for another. Please remember that although you are on the internet and no one can physically see you, you are still dealing with real people and there’s no reason to be cruel to each other.
- Vaccines in general. This post is about one vaccine in particular: the Hepatitis B vaccine that is given to newborns the day they are born. This post is not ant-vaccine, nor is it intended to be medical advice.
I am not a doctor or healthcare professional, I am just a mom. My intentions are not to convince you one way or another on the issue, but rather to inspire you to do more research and make an educated decision.
Here’s why we decided to waive/postpone this particular vaccine:
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I’m very grateful to whichever friend it was that posted an article about the Hepatitis B vaccine on Facebook when I was pregnant with my first. I had no idea that newborns have a higher chance of having a reaction to the vaccine than to acquiring the disease itself. Unlike Polio or Whooping Cough, or other “childhood diseases,” Hepatitis B is primarily a blood-transmitted disease associated lifestyle choices such as drug use and risky sexual behavior.
If you look at the National Vaccine website, they specifically state that the reason they encourage vaccinated newborns is because they have a hard time convincing adults to do get it. In other words, they are fully aware that newborns are not at risk for the disease unless the mother has tested positive for it herself.
Sadly, an article I read recently stated that there are more reports of adverse reactions from the vaccine than there are reported cases of the disease in children. I also read that the symptoms of the disease itself are less severe than the side effects of the vaccine which just seems silly to me.
I wish I could find the article that initially convinced me to waive the shot because it was very informational and unbiased. If you are an expectant mother and truly want to do more research, I have heard great recommendations for the Vaccine Book as far as being very fair and unbiased. Dr. Sears does a great job of explaining info on each vaccine and disease, side effects of each vaccine as well as the ingredients in each vaccine. The book is not anti-vaccine, but simply provides the information and leaves it to parents to make the best decision. It has amazing reviews and seems to be favored by those on both sides of the issue.
So there you go! Some food for thought. Your baby might just be better off without the Hepatitis B shot.
Also, if you know of an awesome un-biased article on this subject, I would love to read it!