Can Getting Vaccines Affect My Unborn Baby?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.immunizations and pregnancy, immune, vaccines and pregnancy, vaccinations and pregnancy, immunization, vaccine, pregnant, unborn child, fetus, shots, immunize, baby06/02/200609/17/202009/17/2020Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD09/15/2020429aae89-2b08-403d-a0ec-38800f6ba45fhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccines.html/<p><em>My workplace expects us to get several vaccines regularly. But I'm pregnant and worried these might not be safe for my baby. Should I be concerned?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Emma</em></p> <p>It's best to get vaccines before pregnancy when possible, but some can be given while a woman is pregnant.</p> <p>The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vaccine.html/">flu vaccine</a> is recommended for everyone, including pregnant women, during flu season. In fact, it's extra important for pregnant women because the vaccine helps protect a mother and her baby from the flu in the baby's first year of life.</p> <p>The flu vaccine comes in two forms: the flu shot (injected with a needle) and the nasal spray (a mist sprayed into the nostrils). Pregnant women should only get the <strong>flu shot</strong>. It's&nbsp;made with a <em>killed</em> flu virus, so won't affect the fetus. The nasal spray contains a <em>live</em> weakened form of the virus and isn't safe for moms-to-be.</p> <p>The Tdap vaccine (against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) is recommended for all pregnant women in the second half of <em>each</em> pregnancy, no matter if they've gotten it before or when they last got it. This is due to a rise in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/whooping-cough.html/">whooping cough</a> infections, which can be fatal in newborns who haven't yet had their routine vaccinations.</p> <p>Some vaccines should <strong>not</strong> be given to pregnant women, such as the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mmr-vaccine.html/">measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR)</a>; <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-vaccine.html/">human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine</a>; and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/varicella-vaccine.html/">chickenpox (varicella) vaccine</a>.</p> <p>Before you get any vaccines during pregnancy, check with your doctor to make sure they're right for you.</p>¿Vacunarme durante el embarazo puede afectar a mi bebé? Aquí encontrará información avalada por expertos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/vaccines-esp.html/1b3f2abc-f8cd-4c00-9cbc-6e314d4784a7
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Who Should Get the Flu Vaccine?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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu-vaccine-good.html/81dd15c9-6537-4919-b93d-4d10334673cc
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