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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.

Rush to Vaccinate: Policy Preceding Science

In addition to the lack of credible scientific evidence to show safety, there is not enough credible biological and epidemiological mechanism evidence to show if it is effective or necessary for each pregnant woman to get a Tdap and Influenza shot during each pregnancy. The rush to vaccinate expectant women and reach into the uterus to try to passively immunize the developing fetus is a clear instance of policy preceding science.

An experimental genetically build nanoparticle vaccine for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), and another one for group B Streptococcus are in developed clinical trials and reportedly probably will be exclusively recommended for expectant women after they are licensed. With new immunizations on the horizon that will target expectant women, it is precariously important that more bad vaccine policy does not lead to good vaccine science.

Expectant women today need to take a long, solid look at the well advertised but hypothetical benefits and unknown risks of getting immunized during gestation before making a vaccine decision. It is particularly important when there are so many caution signs that America’s highly immunized child and adult population in this century is not very healthy.

Maternal and newborn mortality statistics are a classic unit of a nation’s public health status and in this country are red flags that can not be ignored any longer.

Click here to learn more about what vaccinations are (not) recommended before, during, and after pregnancy, lack of safety testing, and the health in the U.S.

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