The major mechanism by which Hepatitis B is transmitted in the world is from mother to her newborn baby. The landmark study in 1975 in the NEJM found that at birth, only 5% of babies born to Hepatitis B positive moms had the virus, but by 3 months age 40% were positive for the virus. The prevalence of Hepatitis B is over 10% in parts of Asia and less than 1% in the USA.
It is known that 240 million people in the world have Hepatitis B and that 600,000 die every year as a result of this infection. Liver cancer is the most common cause of death and has been linked directly to the Hepatitis B viral infection. The article “Decreased Incidence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Hepatitis B Vaccinees: a 20-year follow-up study” [link] showed a 70% decreased incidence for those who got the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth when their birth mom was a carrier or infected with the Hepatitis B virus.
I am 100% in support of the Hepatitis B vaccine for newborns if birth mom has Hepatitis B or might have Hepatitis B. You might ask, why not just give everyone the Hepatitis B vaccine if it is as protective as you have just mentioned? If I practiced in parts of the world where Hepatitis B rates were high, and especially if the mothers at delivery had unknown Hepatitis B status, I most certainly would be in favor of giving the vaccine to each of those newborns. The main way one catches hepatitis B other than from their mother at birth, is through sex and IV drug use (blood products). I’m quite certain that the risk to babies of them having sex or sharing needles is zero. If birth mom knows she does not have hepatitis B (either she is known to be immune from vaccines, or she has been tested and knows she is negative for Hepatitis B) then why would such a parent choose to increase the risk of her baby getting autism by 300%?
Giving the Hepatitis B vaccine with its 250 micrograms of aluminum, a known neurotoxin, does just that! The Journal of Toxicology Environmental Health article “Hepatitis B Vaccination of Male Neonates and Autism Diagnosis”, NHIS 1997-2002 from 2010 found that for the years 1997-2002, boys vaccinated as neonates had threefold (300%) greater odds for autism diagnosis compared to boys never vaccinated or vaccinated after the first month of life.
Parents, you need to get the whole story. Sadly, most physicians learn partial truths, quote good studies that only give part of the picture. The time is now for common sense, and at least in countries like the USA where the prevalence of Hepatitis B is very low and most pregnant moms are tested and know their status with regards to Hepatitis B, for us to stop the indiscriminate poisoning of every newborn with the Hepatitis B vaccine and its high aluminum content.
Thought for the day: If the 250 micrograms of aluminum in the Hepatitis B vaccine given to newborns raises the autism rate for boys by 300%, how bad do you think giving the Tdap and it’s 330 micrograms of aluminum will be for the unborn children being exposed to this starting at 20 weeks gestational age?