Day 7 (July 1)
Finally! The nurses at St. Joe’s indicated that the doctors felt Ian was okay to go home the next day! Just two things needed to be completed before he could be released. He needed to pass his hearing test and receive his hepatitis B vaccination. I blame myself here as a mother for not having been completely educated on vaccines.
Fact: It is suggested that infants get the hepatitis B shot before they leave the hospital. It is not required. Fact: You can work out your own vaccination schedule and guidelines with your pediatrician. Fact: You can order vaccines directly from the drug company with fewer additives and in single doses. Fact: An infant’s immune system is very weak at birth.
This is Ian hours after his HepB shot :This is Ian 9 days after the HepB vaccine :
This is why I am such an advocate for people to educate themselves.
You DO NOT HAVE to get the HepB in the hospital!!!
Unless your baby is at high risk-- postpone it!!
"Hepatitis B virus is transmitted by contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person."