Vaccination is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your health and your baby’s health. Vaccines cause your body to make antibodies to protect you and your baby. Newborns cannot get many vaccines until they are 2-6 months old, and the protection from the vaccine is passed to your baby before birth which helps protect your baby from illness during the first few months of life.
Tdap is now recommended during every pregnancy even if the vaccine was previously given. It is recommended that women receive this vaccine with each pregnancy between 27-36 weeks gestation. Pertussis is highly contagious. It causes persistent, violent and rapid coughing in adults but causes life threatening respiratory illness in infants. Anyone who will be in regular contact with newborn infants should make sure that they are up to date with the vaccine as well (within the past 5 years).
Preventing influenza during pregnancy is an essential element of prenatal care. Pregnant women are at increased risk of serious illness due to influenza. Flu vaccine is an effective way to protect pregnant women and their babies from serious illness and complications of the flu. The flu vaccine given during pregnancy helps protect infants in their first 6 months of life. The flu vaccine has been given to pregnant women over many years and has been shown to be safe for pregnant women and their babies. Pregnant women can get the flu vaccine at any point during their pregnancies.