Worth a shot

Babies aren’t the only ones with an immunization schedule to follow—mamas need to stay up-to-date on their inoculations, too.

Mom’s immunity is passed on to baby during pregnancy, so the vaccines you receive will protect your wee one, too. Follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure both your health and your newborn’s.

Before pregnancy
Make sure you’re current on routine adult vaccines, noting that live vaccines should be given a month or more before conception.

During pregnancy
Receive the adult Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine—ideally between 27 and 36 weeks’ gestation—and the inactivated flu vaccine.

After pregnancy
If you didn’t receive Tdap or flu vaccines while pregnant, get them now. (It’s safe to do so right after giving birth—even if you’re breastfeeding.) If you’re not immune to measles, mumps and rubella and/or varicella, ask for the vaccinations prior to leaving the hospital.

Find more information about vaccines for you and your baby at cdc.gov/vaccines.


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