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Vitamin K shots for newborns — it’s safe, effective, and important

The anti-vaccine movement often rejects not only vaccines like hepatitis B but also crucial vitamin K shots for newborns, citing unfounded safety concerns. Vitamin K is essential for blood coagulation, preventing potentially fatal bleeding disorders in infants like Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB). Since newborns have low vitamin K levels and insufficient gut bacteria to produce it, and because breast milk contains low vitamin K, the shot, which has been safely used since 1961, is strongly recommended. Myths around its safety, including concerns about synthetic ingredients and jaundice, are largely debunked by medical professionals.