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Immunizations

Shots, Testing, and Immunizations in Pregnancy

Flu Shots

The flu shot is recommended in pregnancy, by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). Here’s what you should know:

  • The flu shot should be give to all pregnant women who will be pregnant during flu season.
  • The flu shot can be given at ALL TIMES during pregnancy, even in the first trimester.
  • The flu shot prevents FLU in pregnant women AND prevents flu in newborns. (Infants can not be vaccinated until six months of age.)
  • The flu shot given to pregnant women is Thimerosal FREE. There is no mercury in the vaccine.
  • The NASAL SPRAY FLU vaccine is NOT recommended for pregnant patients.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis testing is safe and accurate, any time in pregnancy. Patients with a newly positive skin test should have a chest x-ray. Non pregnant patients, under 35, with a positive skin test and a negative chest x-ray should be treated with isoniazid for one year. The recommendation for pregnant women is the same, except that isoniazid treatment may be delayed until 3-6 months after delivery.

Vaccines

These vaccines SAFE in pregnancy:

  • Immunoglobulin post exposure treatment: Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus.
  • Inactivated Bacterial vaccines: Pneumococcus, Meningococcus, Hemophilus, Cholera.
  • Tetanus toxoid with diphtheria
  • Inactivated virus vaccines: influenza, rabies, Hepatitis A.

These vaccines are Contraindicated in pregnancy:

  • Live attenuated virus
  • Measles vaccine
  • Mumps vaccine
  • Rubella vaccine
  • Varicella vaccine

ADDITIONAL TOPICS

Prenatal Care & Testing

Once you become pregnant there will be a series of tests conducted throughout the course of your pregnancy to insure that everything is progressing appropriately…[read more]

Other Types of Medication

You should discuss all other types of medication you are taking with your doctor prior to becoming pregnant to assure it is safe for you and the baby. If you have questions about other types of medications please contact us to schedule an appointment.