Originally Posted by prosciencemum
I guess one clarification - I meant that their is no "best" schedule for everyone the world over, but I do think that averaged over the whole population health groups in different countries work hard to come up with the best schedule for their country. I can't imagine you'd find anyone who would say the schedule is infallible, but I would give the benefit of the doubt and suggest it's the best choice based on the available evidence. What more can they do?
So the biggest difference between the US (which recommends HepB at birth) and UK/Canada which do this only for babies with HepB+ mothers is the availability of free health care for all. I could theorize that the babies in the US most likely to be at risk from HepB are exactly those who are least likely to have good health care access. So perhaps HepB at birth is recommended for all in order to catch those babies who are least likely to be brought back in for well baby checks...
Yes, that is the reason given by the authorities who dictated the hep b vaccine on all newborns regardless of risk (they claim it is a matter of convenience as well as a method of "catching" high risk baby as you stated). I take issue with this reasoning and find it incredibly dishonest, because most health care providers promote the shot as being appropriate and necessary for all babies accross the board, and they leave out the little tidbit about it being a completely unnecessary risk for most babies.
I trusted my doctor when I allowed it given to my oldest. I assumed the doctor knew best, and that my child needed that shot. She didn't, and had I been informed of the fact that my child was very low risk for the disease, I would have declined the shot. I was not given the opportunity to make an informed choice in the matter and as a result my baby was needlessly injected with a risky concoction of chemicals.
This is how the medical community operates regularly...in a misleading, dishonest manner.
It is not my responsibility to put my baby at risk in order to allow the system to "catch" high risk babies. I'm sorry, but it's not. And I should have been given complete, accurate information when it came to making medical decisions for my child.