Vaccines during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding


Vaccines during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

Do you know, Vaccines are very important and mandatory during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding? Pregnancy and giving birth to child is beautiful creation of god, but precaution is to be taken care by us. So take vaccination and give good life to your child and yourself.

Surely you are taking care of yours as well baby in resting, eating, doing exercise, and spending a time in activity which you enjoy to do. Apart from these you have to take care of yours and your baby in the name of health. After all, you do anything to give birth.

Vaccines for Protection:

But have you ever thought to protect yourself and your baby from any dangerous infection. While being pregnant, if you took vaccines, you cannot find any evidence of risk in developing baby. Vaccine is very important for pregnant women, it helps baby sustain against any infected risk cause from dangerous virus and bacteria may harm fetus.

Breastfeeding does not affect safety of vaccination for moms and baby. So it should not be considered as a subtitle for immunization. Although breastfeeding passes many immune factors to baby, but when breastfed babies are vaccinated, they will produce higher level of antibodies in comparison of fed babies.

The Vaccines recommended during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

Flu Vaccine:

The flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women compare to the one who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, lungs during pregnancy makes pregnant women and the women who recently give birth, more vulnerable to severe illness from the flu, as well as hospitalization or even causes death.

Getting flu during pregnancy also raises risk of pregnancy complication, or pre-term baby or risk in delivery, so the flu shot is the best and important vaccination in pregnancy; and such vaccines does not affect the safety of mothers who are breastfeeding or their infants. Moreover, breastfeeding does not affect the immune response and its contraindication for vaccination.

Other Important Vaccinations during pregnancy and breastfeeding are:


Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause severe illness in pregnant women, which can easily spread to fetus. The vaccine carries no risks to the developing fetus. Hepatitis A is recommended for pregnant women who are at risk for developing the illness.


Hepatitis B is another serious infection that causes inflammation of liver. The vaccination for Hepatitis virus does not carry any known risk to the developing baby. The vaccine recommended for the pregnant women who are at high risk for acquiring Hepatitis B.


Polio is caused by virus that can lead to permanent paralysis. Most of the countries are affected of polio. The pregnant women avoid travelling to areas where the polio is present. Vaccine is available for the polio and the pregnant women should be immunized with the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis:

The tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is recommended for pregnant women in each pregnancy and must after 20 weeks of gestation, ideally between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy period, to help protect the fetus from pertussis infection.

Chickenpox (Varicella):

During pregnancy especially in early pregnancy if infected by chickenpox, may increases the risk of birth defects. Chickenpox any time in pregnancy may cause serious complications for pregnant women such as pneumonia.

The vaccine named varicella-zoster immune globulin (VariZIG) that can help to reduce the risk of becoming infected with chickenpox. Vaccine should be given within 10days of exposure. Most live vaccine has not demonstrated to be secreted in breast milk.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR):

Your doctor can determine if you are immune to these infections by performing blood test. If you are not immune, you have the MMR vaccine at least one month before you become pregnant. Measles, rubella infection in early pregnancy can cause miscarriage. Rubella in early pregnancy can cause birth defect in fetus, including deafness, defects in eyes, heart and brain.

Breastfeeding does not interfere with the response of MMR vaccine, and your baby will not affected vaccine through your breast milk. Rubella vaccine virus has been detected in the breast milk but has produced asymptomatic infection in nursing child.

Anthrax Vaccine:

No data suggest increased risk of side effect or temporary related adverse events associated with receipts of anthrax vaccine by breastfeeding women or breastfed child. Non live of vaccines during breastfeeding is not medically contraindicated.


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