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Category: Vaccination

Pregnancy and Vaccinations

Vaccination is one of the many ways to help keep both mother and baby safe from disease. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that all women, including those pregnant and breastfeeding, receive both the influenza and Tdap vaccine at every pregnancy, which will protect both mother and newborn. If you have not received these important vaccines, please call our office today.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation on the internet. To better inform you with scientifically sound answers to questions about the safety of vaccines and the importance of vaccinations please visit the following websites, from national non-profit organizations:

www.vaccinateyourbaby.org

www.immunizationforwomen.org

Center for Disease Control (Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety and Pregnant Women)

This is somewhat long, but here are some frequently asked questions about each vaccine:

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Pertussis (Whooping cough) Vaccination in Pregnancy

We strongly recommend that pregnant women be vaccinated for Pertussis
with each pregnancy.

Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease
which can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening complications in infants,
especially within the first 6 month of life. In the recent years, there has been
a dramatic and persistent increase in Pertussis disease in the United
States.

The primary method of prevention for Pertussis is through vaccination. The
Tdap vaccine (Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus toxoids) is safe and effective
in pregnancy and recommend by both the CDC and the American College of
Obstetrics and Gynecology. Furthermore, no evidence exists that suggests that
any vaccine is associated with an increased risk of autism or adverse effects
due to exposure to traces of the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal.

Breastfeeding is not a contraindication for receiving the Tdap vaccine.

Although the Tdap vaccine can be given at anytime during pregnancy, the
optimal time is between 27 and 36 weeks. In addition, all caregivers (dads,
grandparents,…) should also be vaccinated with Tdap at least two weeks before
coming in contact with your infant.

Please call our office to schedule your Tdap vaccination if you are pregnant
and have not received yet this pregnancy. We will also vaccinated dads,
grandparents, and other caregivers.

Here are some useful Links:

Center for Disease Control – Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination

Influenza Vaccine and Pregnancy

We strongly recommend that pregnant women be vaccinated for seasonal flu. 

Please call our office to schedule your Flu shot, if you have not received it yet.

Influenza is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Pregnant women have a higher risk for serious complications from influenza than non-pregnant women.

The Influenza vaccine will protect pregnant women, their unborn babies, and protect the baby after birth. The risk for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby of getting sick with the flu is far greater than being vaccinated. If you did not get the Influenza vaccine during your pregnancy, you should still get vaccine even if you are breast feeding. This will help prevent you and your baby from getting the flu.

There are some people who should not get any flu vaccine without first consulting a physician. These include:  

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.  
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.  
  • People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously.  
  • Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group).  
  • People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated).

Here are some useful Links:

Center for Disease Control (Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety and Pregnant Women)

Center for Disease Control (Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine)