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Health Information For Parents
My workplace expects us to get several vaccines 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 pregnancy when possible, but some immunizations can be given while a woman is pregnant.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone during flu season, and especially for pregnant women. The vaccine is safe — studies show no harmful effects to a fetus. It also helps protect a mother and her baby from getting the flu in the baby’s first year of life. Pregnant women should only get the shot made with the inactivated virus. The flu vaccine also comes in a nasal spray, but it contains a live form of the virus and isn’t safe for moms-to-be.
The Tdap vaccine (against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) is now recommended for all pregnant women in the second half of each pregnancy, no matter if they’ve gotten it before or when it was last given. This is due to a rise in whooping cough infections, which can be fatal in newborns who have not yet had their routine vaccinations.
Some vaccines should not be given during pregnancy, such as the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and chickenpox (varicella) vaccine.
Before you get any vaccines during pregnancy, check with your doctor to make sure they’re right for you.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
The sooner in pregnancy good careÂ begins, the better for theÂ health of both moms and their babies. Here’s what to expect.
Our week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby – and in you!
The flu vaccine is a good idea for all families. It does not cause the flu, and it helps keep kids and parents from getting sick.
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.
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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