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Preventing Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding in Infants

CDC Medical Officer Dr. Stuart Shapira addresses the importance of discussing and administering the Vitamin K injection at birth. In 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health, with CDC assistance investigated a cluster of vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infants who had not received vitamin K at birth because their parents had declined the injection for their infants. Most of these infants had large intracranial bleeds. CDC Medical Officer, Dr. Stuart Shapira shares strategies and tools to help doctors talk with new and expecting parents about the importance of the vitamin K injection. See more at: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/vitamink

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