What Vaccines Should I Get in Pregnancy?

All women who will be pregnant during flu season should get the flu vaccine if there are no allergies to it. Flu vaccine is totally safe during any trimester of pregnancy and it is very important to be protected against flu in pregnancy, as pregnant women who contract the flu can become very sick and have an increased risk of ICU admission and death.

Concerns regarding a preservative called thimerosol have been addressed, with a preservative free vaccine available, however, ACOG supports the administration and lack of significant risk associated with the vaccine containing thimerosol when the preservative free version is not available.

All pregnant women should get TDAP vaccine between 28 and 32 weeks of gestation to decrease the chance of the baby contracting pertussis (whooping cough). There have been many outbreaks of whooping cough recently and babies are particularly susceptible to serious complications if they contract it. Maternal administration of the vaccine provides benefit to the baby through passive immunity, and all close household contacts (parents, siblings, grandparents and caregivers) should be vaccinated against flu and pertussis.


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