Can Getting Immunizations Affect My Unborn Baby?

Can Getting Immunizations Affect My Unborn Baby?

My workplace expects its employees to get several immunizations regularly. But I’m pregnant and scared of what the vaccines might do to my baby. Should I be concerned?
- Emma

It's best to be vaccinated before your pregnancy when possible, but some immunizations can be given during pregnancy. These include vaccines like the inactivated flu shot (be sure not to get the nasal vaccine spray), hepatitis B, meningococcus, rabies, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. Both the Tdap vaccine and the flu vaccine are recommended during each pregnancy.

Some vaccines, such as those against measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox, should not be given during pregnancy.

A doctor might recommend that a pregnant woman get immunized during pregnancy if all of the following are true:

For example, flu shots are recommended for everyone during flu season, and especially for pregnant women, because:

Before you get any vaccines during pregnancy, check with your doctor to make sure they are right for you.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: September 2015

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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OrganizationMaternal and Child Health Bureau This U.S. government agency is charged with promoting and improving the health of mothers and children.
OrganizationImmunization Action Coalition This organization is a source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information as well as hepatitis B educational materials.
OrganizationAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) This site offers information on numerous health issues. The women's health section includes readings on pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum care, breast health, menopause, contraception, and more.
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