Are vaccinations safe during pregnancy?
Only certain vaccinations are safe during pregnancy. Some vaccines contain live viruses and these should be avoided during pregnancy. We recommend pregnant women get the influenza and Tdap vaccines.
Influenza (the flu) can be more severe in pregnant women and can lead to hospitalization. Although flu shots don’t prevent all cases of the flu, they do decrease the incidence and the severity of symptoms and the flu shot is safe during pregnancy.
Whooping cough is especially dangerous for newborn babies before they are old enough to receive the vaccine themselves. The Tdap vaccine is recommended for pregnant women at 27-36 weeks to help protect their newborn. Talking about vaccines can raise lots of questions. Feel free to talk to your doctor about your concerns with vaccines.
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