Vaccines help you and your family stay healthy. It is a good idea to ensure that your vaccinations are up to date prior to becoming pregnant. We offer a variety of important vaccinations for women – before, during, and after pregnancy – to ensure that you and your family are safeguarded against common illnesses. It is safe for a woman to be vaccinated immediately after giving birth, even if she is breastfeeding.
Some vaccines should be given a month or more before pregnancy, such as the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. Others, like TDAP, to prevent against whooping cough, should be administered during pregnancy. Still, other vaccines, like the flu shot, can be administered before or during pregnancy.
Your specific vaccine needs will be determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, medical conditions like asthma or diabetes, past or planned travel, the current flu season, and your vaccine history.
Ask your OB/GYN doctor for more information about any vaccinations for women not listed here.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella: Measles can cause serious problems for you and your baby during pregnancy. We recommend MMR vaccination greater than one month prior to pregnancy if indicated.
- Influenza: We offer the flu vaccine prior to and during the flu season, which can run from October until May.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV): The HPV vaccine has been shown to prevent complications from HPV — including genital warts and cervical cancer. Ask your doctor if the HPV vaccine is right for you.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends this vaccination every ten years for adults. Pregnant patients are recommended to have their booster during their 3rd trimester of pregnancy to provide whooping cough protection to their baby. Is it time for your tetanus booster?
- Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B: Hepatitis A is the most common vaccine-preventable virus acquired during travel, and the Hepatitis B vaccine can help prevent liver damage and liver cancer. Ask our staff if it’s time for your Hepatitis vaccine or booster.
Pregnancy Travel Warning: Zika Virus
There is currently no vaccine for the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne infection with relatively mild symptoms: fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). When a pregnant woman contracts the Zika virus, however, there is a high correlation with poor outcomes such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and babies born with birth defects such as microcephaly. In response, the Centers for Disease Control has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
We advise all of our patients (and their partners) who are pregnant or trying to become so, to comply with CDC travel alerts relating to the Zika virus.