Immunization Awareness

Doctors hands holding flu vaccination

August is National Immunization Awareness Month … perfect timing with school starting and flu season just around the corner! While immunizations are important during childhood and adolescence, some are just as important during your adult years – especially for pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically recommends the flu shot (not the mist) and the Tdap vaccine during pregnancyto protect you and your baby.

Flu Shot

If you weren’t vaccinated prior to becoming pregnant, your provider may recommend the flu shot, especially during flu season - November through March. Since it’s made from an inactivated virus, the shot is safe for both mom and baby. The nasal spray, however, is made from a live virus and not considered safe for the fetus.

Tdap Vaccine

This vaccine (named for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis protection) protects women and their unborn fetus from whooping cough, formally known as pertussis. Since babies have the greatest risk of contracting whooping cough, which is particularly dangerous for infants, medical professionals recommend administering the vaccination during the third trimester, between weeks 27 and 26. According to the CDC, “Tdap boosts antibodies in the mother, which are transplacentally transferred to her developing baby. Third trimester administration optimizes neonatal antibody levels.” This means it protects your baby for the short term after birth until he/she is old enough to get vaccinated.

Traveling abroad or being exposed to certain diseases can create the need for other vaccines. Be sure to speak with your Capital Women’s Care provider before traveling, if you’ve been exposed to anything questionable, or if you have any questions or concerns.

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