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Vaccines During Pregnancy – Protect mum and baby with vaccines.

Vaccines During Pregnancy – Protect mum and baby with vaccines.

April 6, 2020

During pregnancy, it’s essential to protect yourself and your baby by following reccoemneded vaccines by your Doctor. Your unborn baby gets disease immunity protection from mum during pregnancy. This immunity can protect your baby from some diseases during the first few months of life. 

Whooping Cough. 

 Known as pertussis, can be serious for anyone, but for a newborn, it can be life-threatening.

  • Around 7 in 10 deaths from whooping cough are among babies younger than two months old. These babies are too young to be protected by their own vaccination. The younger the baby is when they get whooping cough, the more likely they will need to be treated in a hospital.
  • It may be hard to know if a baby has whooping cough because many babies with this disease don’t cough at all. Instead, it can cause them to stop breathing and turn blue.

When a pregnant woman gets a whooping cough vaccine while she is pregnant, her body will create protective antibodies and pass some of them to the baby before birth. These antibodies will provide the baby some short-term, early protection against whooping cough. The CDC recommends getting a whooping cough shot during the 27th through 36th week of each pregnancy, preferably during the first part of this period. 

Flu Shot.

When pregnant, you can be more likely to suffer from Pregnant women severe illness from the flu. This can be due to changes in immunity, heart, and lung functions during pregnancy.

Getting the flu shot during pregnancy during flu season—is one of the best ways to protect against the flu and protect the baby for several months after birth from flu-related complications. Get a flu shot anytime during each pregnancy.

Other vaccines

Some women need to consider other vaccines before, during, or after they become pregnant. For example, if a pregnant woman works in a laboratory or is travelling to a country where she may be exposed to meningococcal disease, her Doctor might recommend meningococcal vaccination.

  • Hepatitis B: A baby whose mother has hepatitis B is at highest risk for becoming infected with hepatitis B during delivery. Speak to your Doctor about getting tested for hepatitis B and whether or not you should get vaccinated.
  • Hepatitis A: For pregnant women who have a history of chronic liver disease, doctors or healthcare professionals may recommend the hepatitis A vaccine.
  • Vaccines for travel: Pregnant women planning international travel should talk to their Doctor at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to discuss any special precautions or necessary vaccines. 

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 

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