What vaccinations will your baby be given soon after birth? There are a couple of standard options that will be offered to you in Australian hospitals...

Vitamin K for your baby
Prior to having your baby, your midwife or doctor will talk to you about the need for Vitamin K once baby is born. Babies are born with only very small amounts of it in their bodies and Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting – it can prevent a very rare blood disease that affects newborn babies. Most commonly, Vitamin K is given by one small injection soon after birth. It can also be given orally but needs to be given three times to work properly. Vitamin K has been given to all babies in Australia for the past 25 years. You’ll need to give your consent for baby to receive this vitamin.

Vaccination for Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver, which if contracted, can make your little one extremely sick. That’s why Hep B vaccination is advised to protect all Australian babies. The first vaccination occurs before you leave hospital with your baby or within seven days of birth. The remainder can be given with the rest of your baby’s immunisations.

Remember to ask your midwife and doctor to explain the importance of vaccination in more detail.

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