Two Important Vaccines to Consider if You’re Expecting

When you're expecting, vaccines do double duty: They keep both you and your baby safe from serious—and avoidable—diseases.

Pregnant mother and young daughter, what vaccines should you get when you're pregnant?

Here are two vaccines that are suggested for pregnant women:

1. A flu shot

The flu vaccination is important for you and your baby. It reduces the likelihood that you'll get as ill if you get the flu, and getting vaccinated also makes it less likely that your baby will get the flu for several months after birth. That's crucial since the flu can be severe in babies. And babies can't get vaccinated until they're six months old. You can get the flu shot during any trimester of your pregnancy.

2. The whooping cough vaccine

This infection can be serious for anyone. But it's especially serious for babies. About half all babies younger than age one who get whooping cough need to be hospitalized—and some won't survive. Like the flu vaccine, this one also helps protect babies from a dangerous disease until they're old enough to be vaccinated.

Safe for both of you

Still, as a mom-to-be you may wonder about the safety of anything you put in your body—vaccines included. That's why it's so important to know that these two vaccines, or any others your doctor might advise during pregnancy, are very safe for you and your baby. But be sure you consult with your provider to understand the best options for you.

Related: Stay Healthy with Preventive Care


Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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