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March 11th, 2008, 11:12 AM
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My newborn didn't get it cuz i declined it. My question is should i ask them to give it to her at her 2 week check up or at her two months check up. I'm worried that if she gets it at her 2 months check up she'll be geting too much. What do you girls think?

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March 11th, 2008, 07:33 PM
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Hep B is given at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months
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March 12th, 2008, 07:34 AM
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Hep B is given at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months[/b]
I'm wondering if you accidently meant Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b?)



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My newborn didn't get it cuz i declined it. My question is should i ask them to give it to her at her 2 week check up or at her two months check up. I'm worried that if she gets it at her 2 months check up she'll be geting too much. What do you girls think?[/b]
I'm assuming you tested negative for Hep B, otherwise I'm sure they would have told you. You can postpone the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine to 6 months. (You can also forgo it all together if you feel more comfortable about it.)

From What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations, pg 52 by Stephanie Cave MD:

"Why is the arrival of thimerosal-free hepatitis B vaccines a partial victory? Because the immune system of infants less than four months ols is not developed enough to handle the assualt of not only the ethylmercury but also the virus, yeast, and aluminum in the vaccine. I usually recommend that parents postpone the hepatitis B vaccine for their children (unless the children are at high risk) until after the age of four years. If the children will be in daycare before that age, then I usually suggest the children get it right before they start day care. Otherwise I recommend waiting until the year before school starts."

(I personally don't agree with that but I'm not a medical doctor nor have I published a book about it! LOL! What I think would be better for the other board.)
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March 12th, 2008, 09:57 AM
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I did test negative for it, and yes it's the hep B vaccine here it's part of the American Vaccine schedule to give it to a newborn I thought it was weird that's why i declined it, but now i'm worried she'll get too much vaccines at her 2 months check up. That means she'll get 2 hep B shots at 2 months
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March 12th, 2008, 11:07 AM
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I did test negative for it,[/b]
Perfect! I knew if you tested positive for it, they would have told you so. They have different recommendations for what is administered to you baby based on a positive or negative.

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and yes it's the hep B vaccine here it's part of the American Vaccine schedule to give it to a newborn I thought it was weird that's why i declined it, but now i'm worried she'll get too much vaccines at her 2 months check up. That means she'll get 2 hep B shots at 2 months[/b]
I know that hep B is part of the newborn shots in the US but I don't think our previous poster meant hep B which is why I was getting her to clarify. You see in Canada Hep B isn't every province's policy, like mine. For your case, if you feel you need these shots, you can even go today and get them. Just call your doctor.

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March 12th, 2008, 02:54 PM
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Thanks girls. I actually like the canadian schedule beter, but i don't live in canada . So the hep b is not a big deal i shouldn't worry about it
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