Vaccinations help to prevent a number of diseases, such as the flu, hepatitis, and chicken pox and are an important part to maintain proper healthcare during pregnancy. Vaccines tend to protect you and your baby. There are several vaccines recommended by health care provider during pregnancy to protect both the expecting mom and her baby.
However, it is important to be aware of the vaccines that must be received before pregnancy and those which are safe during pregnancy. And it is necessary to know about these vaccines during pregnancy period.
Make use of school immunization records, as well as shot records from any clinics, pharmacies, or healthcare providers to know more about these vaccines and immunizations.
In case you are planning to travel abroad check with your healthcare provider to know more about the vaccinations that you may need for that country, and know which are safe to receive during pregnancy.
MMR is the vaccination taken by most individuals in America to get immunity against measles, mumps and rubella for children. It is necessary to take this vaccination during pregnancy, as rubella may result in serious, life-long complications for the baby. It is recommended to receive the rubella vaccination at least one month before trying to become pregnant.
TDap is the vaccine which provide protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis). This vaccine can be used either before pregnancy or after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Varicella vaccine must be taken since chicken pox can cause birth defects or complications with the pregnancy. This vaccine should also be received along with MMR, at least one month in advance of attempting to become pregnant.
Hepatitis B : A serious liver disease that is spread through blood or bodily fluids is Hepatitis B. Mothers affected by hepatitis B are at high risk of passing the virus on to the baby. Hepatitis B vaccination will protect the baby from becoming infected.
Flu : The flu vaccine is highly recommended during flu season (October-May) and is safe to get received during pregnancy. It is advised to receive the inactive form of the virus (through a shot) rather than the live form (a nasal spray).
A study conducted several years ago claimed that the MMR vaccine caused autism in children. Even though numerous private and government health agencies have attempted to recreate this study, no results has been achieved.
The consensus reached by the medical community is that there is no link between MMR vaccination and the onset of autism.
It is not only safe to immunize your child using the MMR vaccine, but is highly recommended by the majority of medical health professionals and failing to do so may result in serious health repercussions for your baby.
Avoid all sorts of misbelief regarding the relationship between vaccines and autism, and do not try to avoid or delay vaccinations.