My workplace expects its employees to get several
immunizations regularly. But I'm 5 months pregnant and scared of
what the vaccines might do to my baby. Should I be concerned?
It's best to wait until after your pregnancy for most
vaccines, but a few are considered safe during pregnancy. These
include: influenza (but only the shot made with the inactivated
virus), hepatitis B, meningococcus, rabies, and
A doctor might recommend that a pregnant woman get
immunized during pregnancy if all of the following are true:
- there's a good chance that she could be exposed to a
- the infection would pose a risk to her or the baby
- the vaccine is unlikely to cause harm
For example, the influenza shot is recommended for all women who
will be in their second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu
- during flu season, exposure to the virus is high
- pregnant women - especially those in late pregnancy - are at
increased risk for severe symptoms from the flu
- the vaccine is safe for pregnant women
For more information, check out these articles.
A Week-by-Week Pregnancy Calendar
Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations
Staying Healthy During Pregnancy
10 Things That Might Surprise You About Being Pregnant
Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: May 2006
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