Childhood immunizations help prevent certain diseases. You will find more information about immunization in Module 8 entitled "Healthy Family".
In New Brunswick your baby will be pricked on the heel and a blood sample will be taken to be tested for rare disorders that can cause health problems in babies and children. If these conditions are detected early enough, damage to your baby's development can be prevented.
If you go home early or leave the hospital before 48 hours after childbirth, your baby will still need to be tested. Before leaving the hospital, make arrangements to have the baby's blood test done.