I am pregnant with my first child. We are having a homebirth (at least that's the plan so far). So I started researching various topics, considering that with my baby being born at home, he won't be subject to routine shots and interventions, so it is my job to determine which ones to pursue and wich ones not to.
One of those controversial issues is the hep b vaccine. I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The routine here is to vaxx for two diseases right after birth: tuberculosis and hep b. Both diseases, according to my research, are almost non existant in this city/country, although they are still administered routinely for herd immunity.
The research indicates that BCG vaccine (tuberculosis) needs to be administered within the first week of birth. It is a one time shot ever in life. I read it needs to be properly administered by competent nurse, otherwise it could carry complications. I didn't find much info on side effects or allergies.
Now, the hep b concerns me a little bit more. I have read some cases of deadly allergies. Plus, the first dose needs to be administered within the first 12 hours of birth, and I do not plan to take my baby outside that soon (if he is born at home, that is).
For a little background, we don't have any known cases of bad reactions to vaccines in my family (everyone is fully vaxxed). Same with allergies (any type, no celiac, no lactose intolerant, nothing). I had rubella when I was 10, went away without complications. My sister (11 years older than me) had pertussis and measles. I have a middle sister who died from measles, when she caught it from my big sister. Back then (the '70s) the measles vaccine was new here and my mom (according to what my dad told me) didn't feel safe to administer it as it was somewhat "experimental". And then my sisters got the desease and one died from it.
So that's my background in a few words.
I could go with the masses and give my newborn the shots. I couldn't find any information of severe side effects of vaccines here in my country. But I know that it happens everywhere in the world.
I am not anti-vaccine, I am more into mindful vaccination, specially after having a sister who died from a VPD. Still, it makes me uneasy to give my brand new baby those shots. It even makes me uneasy to give myself any vaccine being pregnant. I skipped the flu vaccine, but now I am being recommended to take the Tdap vaxx (tetanus, diphteria, pertussis) and I don't know what to do.
One more thing, even if I choose to give my baby the hep b shot, there's still the issue about when to give it to him. It won't be within the first 12 hours of birth. I know I can have a delayed schedule for vaxx, but I have read everywhere that the 1st dose really needs to be administered within those 12 hours.
I take any points of view.