Vaccination during Pregnancy
It is safe, and very important, for a pregnant woman to receive the inactivated flu vaccine. A pregnant woman who gets the flu is at risk for serious complications and hospitalization.
A pregnant woman should receive the adult tetanus, toxoid reduced diphtheria toxoid, acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) after 20 weeks gestational age if she has not already received the vaccine. Vaccinating at this gestational age will help prevent pertussis in mom and in the newborn infant.
Many vaccine-preventable diseases, rarely seen in the United States, are still common in other parts of the world. A pregnant woman planning international travel should talk to her health professional about vaccines.
Pregnancy is a good time to learn about childhood vaccines. Parents-to-be can learn more about childhood vaccines from the CDC parents guide and from the child and adolescent vaccination schedules.
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