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Why give newborns a hep b vaccine?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Prevention
Hep b vaccine is used to prevent one from getting hepatitis b liver infection.
By proctecting from infection you also are decreasing the possibility of liver cancer in later life which often happens as a result of infection.

In brief: Prevention
Hep b vaccine is used to prevent one from getting hepatitis b liver infection.
By proctecting from infection you also are decreasing the possibility of liver cancer in later life which often happens as a result of infection.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Effectiveness
Having seen a 9 mo in liver failure from Hep B, this is an issue dear to me.
The 1st studies were done in Polynesians in Hawaii who often passed it to their newborns. The vaccine was able to stop this, reduce the disease including related liver cancer & liver transplants.Since giving it at birth is effective, there is no reason to wait.That only allows chance to get the disease before it is given

In brief: Effectiveness
Having seen a 9 mo in liver failure from Hep B, this is an issue dear to me.
The 1st studies were done in Polynesians in Hawaii who often passed it to their newborns. The vaccine was able to stop this, reduce the disease including related liver cancer & liver transplants.Since giving it at birth is effective, there is no reason to wait.That only allows chance to get the disease before it is given
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hepatitis B vaccine
Hep b vaccine helps prevent liver infection (hepatitis) from the hepatitis b virus which can induce severe disease that can be fatal.
Vaccinating newborns with hep b is most useful in situations where a pregnant mom has the disease but has not had prenatal testing for it and also moms who have tested positive but have no acute disease.

In brief: Hepatitis B vaccine
Hep b vaccine helps prevent liver infection (hepatitis) from the hepatitis b virus which can induce severe disease that can be fatal.
Vaccinating newborns with hep b is most useful in situations where a pregnant mom has the disease but has not had prenatal testing for it and also moms who have tested positive but have no acute disease.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
In brief: Recommendations
Even though hep b vaccine can be started at any age as the infant is not exposed to hep b virus in infancy, but like other vaccines recommended to be given are based on the recommendation of cdc and american academy of pediatrics the reason the first dose is given in the hospital after birth is to make you aware that baby needs to continue with 2nd and 3rd dose and other childhood vaccines.

In brief: Recommendations
Even though hep b vaccine can be started at any age as the infant is not exposed to hep b virus in infancy, but like other vaccines recommended to be given are based on the recommendation of cdc and american academy of pediatrics the reason the first dose is given in the hospital after birth is to make you aware that baby needs to continue with 2nd and 3rd dose and other childhood vaccines.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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