Vaccination during pregnancy

CDC provides guidelines for vaccines needed before, during, and after pregnancy. Some vaccines, such as the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, should be given a month or more before pregnancy. The Tdap vaccine (to help protect against whooping cough), is given during the third trimester of pregnancy. Other vaccines, like the flu shot, can be given before, during or after pregnancy. It is safe to receive vaccines right after giving birth, even for breastfeeding mothers.


The adult immunization schedule, with recommendations for pregnancy is approved by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). Vaccines help protect mothers and babies against serious diseases. Answer the Vaccines for Pregnant Women Quiz questions, get a list of vaccines you may need based on your answers (this list may include vaccines you have already had) and discuss the vaccines on the list with your healthcare professional. Vaccines for adults are available from healthcare providers and pharmacist vaccinators in Louisiana. Uninsured and underinsured adults are eligible for vaccination at parish health units.


CDC's information on pregnancy and vaccination

If you are pregnant, flu vaccincation is especially important for you and your baby.