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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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When a baby is born, one of the first treatments the newborn receives is a Vitamin K shot. It helps the newborn's blood clot and prevent potentially dangerous internal bleeding. The vitamin K shot has been standard treatment for more than 50 years — but a few parents refuse the shot. The numbers of those refusals seem to be rising.

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

This segment aired on August 15, 2016.

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