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Questions Raised As Some New Parents Decline Vitamin K Shot For Newborns09:29
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A baby receiving a Vitamin K shot. (angus mcdiarmid/Flickr Creative Commons)
A baby receiving a Vitamin K shot. (angus mcdiarmid/Flickr Creative Commons)
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Vitamin K shots are standard procedure after babies are born. They help the baby's blood clot and prevent potentially dangerous bleeds. They've been standard for more than 50 years. But, a few parents refuse the shot, even here in Massachusetts, and the numbers of those refusals seem to be rising.

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Carey Goldberg, editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She tweets @commonhealth.

This segment aired on August 15, 2016.

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