Vaccines During Pregnancy
February 21, 2017
Is it safe to get vaccines during pregnancy?
It may surprise you to learn that there are several vaccines that are safe (and even recommended!) during pregnancy.
In recent years, the whooping cough and flu vaccines have been recommended for women during pregnancy. Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) has been on the rise in Southern California. It is a bacterial infection that can be life-threatening for babies younger than 12 months of age. Babies aren’t eligible for the whooping cough vaccine until they are at least 2 months old. However, when women are vaccinated against whooping cough between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, some immune protection is passed to the baby.
Because pregnant women are more likely to have serious complications from the flu, this vaccine is also recommended in pregnancy during the flu season. Many women have received the flu vaccine in pregnancy, and there is a lot of data supports that it is safe for you and your baby.
Other special vaccines may be recommended during pregnancy if you are planning to travel abroad, or if you are a health care worker. Comprehensive information is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Confirm with your women’s health care provider whether these or other vaccines might be right for you!
Priya Batra is a UCR Women’s Healthy physician who specializes in OB/GYN. View Dr. Priya Batra's profile to learn more.