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Immunization & Pregnancy

Immunization and pregnancy
Thinking of Getting Pregnant?

You and your baby deserve a great start. Vaccines can help protect both of you against diseases during and after pregnancy. Whether it is your first baby, or you are planning to have another child, get up-to-date on your shots to protect you and your family. Know which shots you may need before, during and after you are pregnant. Click on the link below to see a chart, developed by the CDC, about various vaccines recommended for the pregnant woman:

Before Pregnancy

Find out if you need any shots before you get pregnant. Many shots last a lifetime. However, adults may need new shots or “booster” shots. You may need shots to protect against influenza (flu), tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chickenpox (Varicella), and hepatitis B.

During Pregnancy

During your pregnancy, influenza (flu) can cause serious health problems for you and your baby. Influenza season is from November through May. Be safe and get the flu shot to protect both you and your baby from the influenza virus. The nasal mist flu vaccine is not licensed for use in pregnant women. If traveling out of the United States, talk with your doctor about shots you may need to protect against diseases which are still common in other parts of the world.  

Shots to Avoid While Pregnant or Nursing

These shots, which may pose a serious risk to your baby, include: MMR, Varicella and HPV. Women should not get pregnant for at least one month after receiving the MMR or Varicella shot. HPV is a 3-dose series. If a woman is found to be pregnant after receiving the first shot, she should delay the next two shots until after the birth - the first shot does not need to be repeated. If you received a shot for MMR, varicella or HPV and did not know you were pregnant, talk with your doctor right away.

After Pregnancy

After the birth of your baby, get any immunizations you may have missed. Some shots are given in the hospital before you leave. Newborns are too young to get immunized against the flu and pertussis (whooping cough). To protect your new baby, influenza and Tdap shots are needed for anyone who lives with or takes care of your baby. Talk With Your Doctor, he or she can tell you which shots you need, based on your age and health history. He or she can also run simple tests to see if you need certain shots.


California Department of Public Health (CDPH):

Please contact our office for information about any of our services and materials: 
Santa Clara County Immunization Program
976 Lenzen Ave., Suite 1100 
San Jose, CA 95126
Telephone: (408) 792-5007 
Fax: (408) 947-8752
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Last updated: 8/9/2019 12:01 PM