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Immunizations for Pregnant Women

Did you know that your baby gets disease immunity (protection) from you during pregnancy? This immunity will protect your baby from some diseases during the first few months of life but immunity decreases over time. Babies need to be vaccinated starting at birth to stay protected against 14 serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Vaccines can help keep you and your growing family healthy. It is important to make sure that your immunizations are up to date before becoming pregnant according to the recommended immunization schedule. Some vaccine-preventable diseases, such as rubella, can pose a serious risk to your health and that of your unborn baby. If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the specific vaccinations you need are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous vaccinations.

Vaccine Safety Before, During and After Pregnancy

CDC has guidelines for the vaccines you need before, during, and after pregnancy. Live vaccines, such as the measles, mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine should be given a month or more before pregnancy. Inactivated vaccines, such as Hepatitis B and some flu vaccines, can be given before or during pregnancy. It is safe for a woman to receive vaccines right after giving birth, even while she is breastfeeding. Be sure to discuss each vaccine with your health care professional prior to getting vaccinated.

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