Hepatitis B Vaccine and the Newborn Baby

new born babyThe first vaccine horror story I read was written by a father whose little girl had died after being given  her first Hepatitis B vaccine at 5 weeks (http://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Hepatitis-B/fatherstory.aspx). After reading this story, with tears still streaming down my face, I gladly crossed off the Hepatitis B vaccine from my unborn daughters’ pending vaccine schedule.

It is fortunate New Zealand currently recognizes that newborn babies do not need vaccines, and I hope it stays that way. This probably has more to do with the fact New Zealand embraces home midwifery care during the first 6 weeks after birth than anything, and bravo for that! This is an invaluable service for new mothers which is rare in the rest of the world, and it needs to stay that way.

In New Zealand the Hepatitis B vaccine is currently not given at birth to most infants.  It is instead given for the first time at 6 weeks of age. It is part of the 6-in-1 vaccine called Infanrix Hexa on the recommended vaccine schedule in New Zealand. This vaccine is made by Glaxo Smith Kline pharmaceuticals.

Here is the medsafe data sheet for Infanrix Hexa:


The exception to this MoH recommendation would be if the mother tested positive for Hepatitis B during pregnancy. Please read the following links for information on pregnant women and Hepatitis B:


you can download a pdf explaining the process in New Zealand here:

www.health.govt.nz/ system/ files/ documents/ publications/ 3hepatitisb.pdf

However, the fact that the Hepatitis B vaccine should even be included in a series of shots recommended for infants from ages 6 weeks to 5 months is a very questionable practice.

Sure you can read this link:


It is not very different than what any GP or Dr. and Nurse will tell you if you ask them why your infant needs to be protected from Hepatitis B. Here are some examples I have seen on the internet of what parents have been told by professionals. I remember reading from one mother that her Dr claimed her baby needed a Hepatitis B vaccine because, say for instance you are grocery shopping and the child in the trolley before yours bleeds on the metal and your child cuts their finger and mixes the blood. Then there’s the argument that the child might need a blood transfusion but the donor blood is infected with Hepatitis B. My question is, in that case, why is there not any better screening of blood donors? The chances of your child ever needing a blood transfusion are statistically slim to none. The reality that your child may suffer a vaccine reaction is much higher and more realistic. Of course, usually the old standby example used is, what if another child with Hepatitis B bites your child and infects your child? Children biting other children is a real possibility and usually this is all that is needed in order to convince a new parent into allowing the vaccine before they can do any research themselves.

In order to see the bigger picture, first you need to become familiar with some of the history of the Hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine first appeared on the American Academy of Pediatrics’s (AAP) list of recommended vaccines in the mid-1990’s. However, according to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, the first Hepatitis B vaccine was given in New Zealand in 1988. It is probably safe to say that since New Zealand is relatively contained and a small country, a lot of “trials” are done here first. Before that,  it was being marketed unsuccessfully to an audience who theoretically could benefit greatly from it – intravenous drug users and sexually promiscuous adults. According to the public heath form at this link http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/lhds/manuals/hepB/docs/hbv_vaccination.pdf, the vaccine first appeared on the market in 1982. Interestingly enough, this report does not state anywhere that the vaccine was at first intended to be given only to adults.

In digging deeper, I found an interesting piece of information – the Hepatitis B vaccine was pioneered, according to Wikipedia,  by none other than Dr Maurice Hilleman. Dr. Hilleman has been posthumously outed for admitting the Sabine Polio vaccine was contaminated with Simian Virus 40 (SV40). SV40 is a monkey (simian) virus (the 40th of who knows how many viruses scientists have documented over the years) which can cause cancer in humans, and can be transferred genetically to next of kin. When looked for, it has been found in some cancers over the years. This Hilleman was not a monkey’s friend and it turns out he was not Homo sapiens‘ friend either. He worked for Merck most of his career and it would be safe to say he had many vested interests in vaccines. Whether you want to believe this or not, it is worth looking into this interesting history.


Please view an excerpt from the documentary by Len Horowitz DDS, “In Lies We Trust”:


While researching into how the Hepatitis-B vaccine is made, I discovered that it is cultured using ordinary yeast. Could this be one reason for all the gluten intolerance we see today? I do not remember hearing about this phenomenon in the 1970’s and 80’s. Along with yeast being part of the vaccine, another ingredient you can find in all Hepatitis B vaccines is Polysorbate (Tween) 80. This additive has no business being added to any product used on or in any human product since it is a toxin and has been proven to cause infertility in lab animals.


Another disturbing additive to the Hepatitis B vaccines is formaldehyde, which is used to kill the virus after processing. Formaldehyde is a very well known carcinogen.


Surprisingly, when I was pregnant with my second child, my midwife in the US supported my decision not to allow my newborn to have this shot. (The pediatrician at the Birth Center was more concerned I was not having the vitamin K shot, to my bewilderment.) Is there a need for this vaccine? I have not come across any studies proving the efficacy of the vaccine nor showing how long the vaccine lasts. There is a Hepatitis B serum available if one should be exposed to Hepatitis B. Wikipedia did state that the vaccine is considered to be longer lasting than originally thought, but that is not very helpful. Further research is needed.

This blog will give you a good guide line for what you should be looking for regarding the Hepatitis B vaccine. Since New Zealand uses only the combination vaccine, it is a bit trickier to opt out of it altogether. If you do decide to get vaccinated, there are other vaccines which do not include the Hepatitis B portion. It is extremely important that you discuss these important matters with your GP before the day you get the vaccines. It is up to each parent, carer and adult to find out what the risks are and how toxic they are. Only then can you truly make an informed decision about getting your children, or yourself, vaccinated.

Here is some further reading: