Hep B Vaccine in my preemie?

Ellie - posted on 06/22/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




So during a much needed surgery to remove my gallbladder (I had been having attacks nearly weekly for the last trimester of my pregnancy) my baby girl was removed via emergency C-Section at 33 weeks gestation. It's been a week and 2 days since and she is now recovering in the NiCU. She is breathing on her own (Finally!) and making improvements everyday with only a few minor setbacks, but one of the nurses approached me today asking if I'd thought of getting the Hep B vaccine. I am only 22 and a first time mom, but I really don't feel right injecting my child (4 pounds, 13 ounces) with a vaccinations made for infants bigger than her tiny body. I don't want the vaccine for her yet, but I feel pressured by the nurses to get it. Are there any mothers of preemies who delayed this vaccine? I'm not a carrier, nor is anyone in my family, and after her discharge she will primarily be around her daddy and me. Just asking for some kind advice as I'm new to motherhood and mothering a preemie. Thank you!


Firebird - posted on 06/22/2013




Since there aren't any carriers in your family, there's no reason not to postpone the hep b vaccine. I did and my daughter was full term. I didn't get the hep b vaccine until I was in the 7th grade and no harm was done.

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