Tag Archives: Pregnancy
Waiting or delaying vaccines just doesn’t make sense. There is no reduced risk; leaving them unvaccinated just leaves your baby or child vulnerable to infections.
Vaccination plays an important role in protecting the health of mother and baby. It is one of our best options in reducing their chances of morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Pregnant women are at increased risk for complications, and even death, from the flu. It’s our job as healthcare advocates to communicate that message to our members, family, and friends.
Flu vaccine protects pregnant women, their unborn babies, and protects the baby after birth when they are too young to be immunized.
From the moment you found out you were pregnant, you began protecting your baby. You may have changed the way you eat, started taking a prenatal vitamin, and started to research which car seat you’ll buy. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children against pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza (flu) is to make sure you get the Tdap and flu vaccines while you are pregnant?
Vaccines are recommended for women before, during and after pregnancy. Some vaccines, such as the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, should be given a month or more before pregnancy. Other vaccines, like Tdap (to protect against whooping cough) and influenza, are given during pregnancy.
A special thank you to Laura E. Riley, MD, Director, Labor and Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, for this interview on the importance of vaccinating pregnant women against influenza, tetanus, and pertussis. For additional tips and strategies on maternal immunization, register to attend the NFID Fall 2014 […]