If you’re trying to get pregnant or have already conceived, it’s time to think about which vaccines you need to protect yourself and your baby. Some vaccines should be given before conception occurs, while others are recommended during pregnancy to help protect both mom and baby from dangerous infections.
Here are some general guidelines to follow from the Mayo Clinic:
- Vaccines with inactivated viruses are generally safe during pregnancy. This includes the flu shot and the TDAP vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
- No matter when you last had the TDAP vaccine, it is recommended during each pregnancy at around 26 weeks to protect your newborn from whooping cough (pertussis).
- Live vaccines, including MMR, shingles and the chickenpox vaccine, can be given at least a month before conception.
- Additional vaccinations may be recommended if you plan to travel abroad or have a pre-existing health condition that could put you at an increased risk for infections, such as hepatitis A or B.
Talk with Your Doctor to Learn More
To determine which vaccinations are safe, it’s important to sit down with your healthcare provider. They’ll review your immunization records and discuss your current pregnancy status to determine which vaccines are right for you.
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