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Why should I get vaccinated if I’m pregnant?

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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