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Subject: Hep B Vac For Newborns -- Down -- Hooray!!!
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 22:58:46 -0700
Organization: Vaclib

Michaels beautiful baby daughter was murdered by Dr. Katz and others and the drug company after her 2nd hepatitis b vaccine. See my webpages for details Click Here

This article is filled with absolute LIES and I for one am sick of it. Note also HEPATITIS B DISEASE AND VACCINE FACTS

Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 07:32:51 -0400 From: Michael Belkin

I wonder how innocent newborns have been spared convulsions, death and brain damage because they did not get this unnecessary and toxic vaccine at birth. Dr. Katz (Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in 1991 when hep B vaccine was mandated for newborns) admitted at his NY Cornell lecture on "Vaccines in the New Millenium" that they had no published, peer-reviewed evidence that hep B vaccine was safe to give to newborns when the policy was implemented in 1991. Click here
Monday April 2 5:56 PM ET
Newborns Undervaccinated for Hepatitis B

By Will Boggs, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite recommendations from at least three expert committees that all infants receive hepatitis B vaccine (preferably at birth), routine vaccination rates have fallen significantly, researchers reported on Monday.

This is most likely due to a July 1999 statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service suggesting that immunizations be temporarily delayed until age 2 to 6 months, according to Marjorie Hurie from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health in Madison and associates.

This change was prompted by concerns about thimerosal--a mercury-containing preservative--found in the hepatitis B vaccine.

After the release of a thimerosal-free vaccine in September 1999, the experts advised healthcare providers and hospitals to restart their routine hepatitis B immunization programs. But in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics, the authors report that many hospitals have failed to heed that advice.

``If your doctor is not providing this simple form of lifesaving protection to your infant at birth, they ought to,'' said study co-author Dr Thomas Saari, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ``Two billion people worldwide have received the hepatitis B vaccine to date, and it is one of the safest vaccines ever made. It is extraordinarily safe and effective in infants who have received it at birth since 1982.''

Hepatitis B can be spread through contaminated needles, blood products and infected bodily fluids, but it is more dangerous to children than adults who become infected. Children are at risk for infection from adults with a chronic hepatitis B infection--who might not be aware that they have the liver-damaging virus.

Before the July 1999 scare, the researchers note, 81% of Wisconsin hospitals routinely offered hepatitis B vaccine for newborns. After the thimerosal alert, 90% of these hospitals halted their routine immunization for hepatitis B. By March 2000, 6 months after the thimerosal-free vaccine became available, only 50% of Wisconsin hospitals had resumed their routine vaccination programs.

Hospital officials said that some physicians had decided to replace the routine immunization with a combination vaccine for Haemophilus influenza and hepatitis B that had become available, and that others were giving the first vaccination in their offices. Some infants were not immunized because their parents lacked the insurance to cover the shot.

But many hospitals had no immunization policy in effect. Six percent of hospitals, in fact, did not even have a policy to vaccinate the infants of mothers who had active hepatitis B, the report indicates.

In responding to the hospitals' claims, the authors reiterate that vaccination at birth is effective prevention and increases the chance that the infant will receive the entire hepatitis B vaccine series. Moreover, hospitals should realize that vaccine costs can be covered for most uninsured infants under the Vaccines for Children program. And doctors should understand that giving hepatitis B vaccine at birth does not interfere with giving the combination vaccine later.

The researchers also emphasize the importance of hospitals having vaccination policies in place.

The authors conclude with a word of advice to the experts who announce policy changes. ``In the future, policymakers should include anticipated consequences that may result from changes in immunization policy in their recommendations,'' they write.

``Physicians who delay giving a birth dose because they know the mother (tested) negative at the beginning of the pregnancy are missing a very important opportunity to protect an infant leaving the hospital to go to a household where another family member is a hepatitis B carrier,'' Saari said.

SOURCE: Pediatrics 2001;107:755-758.