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?
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: February 2014
|Maternal and Child Health Bureau This U.S. government agency is charged with promoting and improving the health of mothers and children.|
|Immunization Action Coalition This organization is a source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information as well as hepatitis B educational materials.|
|American 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.|
|Medical Care During Pregnancy The sooner you begin receiving medical care during pregnancy, the better your chances of ensuring your own health and that of your baby.|
|A Week-by-Week Pregnancy Calendar Pregnancy is an exciting time. Our week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby - and in you!|
|Staying Healthy During Pregnancy During your pregnancy, you'll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you - read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.|
|Pregnancy & Newborn Center Advice and information for expectant and new parents.|
|Is the Flu Vaccine a Good Idea for Your Family? The flu itself generally isn't dangerous, but its complications can be. That's why it's important for you and your doctor to determine whether your family can and should get the flu vaccine.|
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