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Here are all the things you need to know about immunizations during pregnancy and their safety. First, read the TOP things about vaccinations during pregnancy:

  • Vaccinations can help protect both you and your baby from particular infections during pregnancy.
  • Immunizations you get during gestation help keep your baby inside you safe from infections during the first couple of months of life till it gets its own vaccinations.
  • Not all immunizations are safe to get during gestation. Discuss with your healthcare provider to make sure any immunization you get is safe for you and your child.
  • Make sure your immunizations are up to date before you get expectant.
You probably got immunizations as a kid, but they do not all protect your entire life. Over time, some childhood immunizations stop working, so you may need what is called a booster dose as an adult. And there may be new immunizations that were not available when you were a child. Talk to your healthcare provider to make sure you are fully protected with immunizations.
This chart from the CDCs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) shows which immunizations are safe to get before, during, and after gestation.

What Vaccinations are Recommended During Gestation?

The CDCs recommend two vaccinations during pregnancy:

  1. Flu shot if you were not vaccinated before pregnancy. However, the flu mist (nasal spray) is not safe to use during gestation.
  2. Tdap shot at 27 to 36 weeks of gestation. This vaccine protects against pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Pertussis spreads quickly and is dangerous for the baby.

If you come in contact with certain diseases, if you are at high risk for infection or if you are traveling outside the United States, your healthcare provider may recommend other vaccinations during gestation. These includes:

  • Polio
  • Anthrax
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Yellow fever
  • Vaccinia (for smallpox)

What Vaccinations are NOT Recommended During Pregnancy?

These immunizations are not safe to get during gestation:

  • Flu mist. If you are pregnant, get the flu shot instead.
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Typhoid
  • Meningococcal
  • BCG (for tuberculosis)

Wait at least one month after getting any of these immunizations before you try to get expectant.

Click here to learn more about safety of immunizations during pregnancy, what vaccinations are recommended before and after pregnancy, and learn some facts.

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