Vaccinations During Pregnancy

World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

If you are pregnant or planning on pregnancy you will need certain vaccinations. The vaccines you receive will not only protect your own health but will safeguard your baby’s health, as well. While you are pregnant, your immunity is your unborn child’s first line of defense to combat certain serious illnesses. Whether you’re pregnant now or planning for pregnancy, take the time to ensure your immunizations are current.

 

During pregnancy, what vaccinations should women receive?

 

Flu Vaccine

During pregnancy, women should receive the flu vaccine, during Flu season as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is completely safe to receive, and will not cause any harm to a developing fetus.

 

TDAP Vaccine

The Tdap vaccine is another vaccine for all pregnant women and is generally given between 28 and 36 weeks gestation. By receiving this vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy, some immunity is conveyed to your baby, providing them with protection during the first few months of their lives, before they can be vaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccine

If you haven’t already received all eligible COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses, we strongly recommend doing so. The COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection, severe illness, and death from COVID-19 among people who are pregnant.  There is evidence that some immunity is passed to your baby as data demonstrate that antibodies are passed to the fetus when a pregnant person is vaccinated. Vaccination may be received during any trimester.

 

Vaccinations are one of our best defenses against infectious diseases, and we should take every necessary measure to protect ourselves and our family members against vaccine-preventable diseases. Talk to your physician at County Ob/Gyn to learn more about the safety of vaccination before, during, and after pregnancy.

 

 

Additional Resources

https://www.acog.org/womens-health/experts-and-stories/ask-acog/why-should-i-get-tdap-during-pregnancy?fbclid=IwAR3vj5AgR7U-MV3LtfJHVe14lC39y-wlafAHlThEIz260KrW-XQfc5jrVEM