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.
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
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
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.