Why should I get vaccinated if I’m pregnant?

Dawne A. Lowden, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Immunization of a mother both before and during pregnancy is important to protect both the fetus and the mother. Pregnancy renders the immune system less active by design, so that it does not recognize the baby as something that doesn’t belong in the body. Unfortunately, the pregnant woman is then more likely to contract an illness during pregnancy and more likely to be seriously affected by that illness.
A baby is born with no immunities except for the antibodies passed by its mother while still in the uterus. Some vaccines can be given at birth, but others have to be given a little later as the baby’s immune system matures.

Vaccines have been proven very safe and extremely beneficial. The myth that they cause autism has been disproven many times. Even the author of the original study showing a link has come out and retracted his statements, admitting to fraudulent practices. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) websites have information on vaccines; you can also discuss vaccination with your doctor.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

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