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Can I have vaccinations during pregnancy?

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Can I have vaccinations during pregnancy?
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Not all vaccines have been declared safe to be given during pregnancy. Therefore, if you are pregnant, it is best to avoid traveling to any destination where you will need vaccinating beforehand, because there is a slight risk to your baby from vaccines, especially live vaccines ( MMR, yellow fever, BCG, typhoid). However, if you cannot avoid the trip you should get vaccinated because, as a general rule, the disease will probably be more harmful to your baby than the vaccination.

Vaccination guidelines differ between countries, so it is best to check with your doctor who will weigh up the risks and benefits of each vaccine. Your doctor will probably advise you to get vaccinated against a particular disease if there is a high risk of catching it on your trip.

If you are planning to become pregnant, make sure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. This is particularly important for rubella, which can be dangerous to the baby if the virus is caught during pregnancy.

Pregnant women are especially susceptible to malaria. Malaria is a very serious disease that can result in serious illness or death of you and your baby. Malaria is most common in tropical countries but is spreading to other parts of the world including Switzerland and the United States. Try to avoid traveling to malarial areas while you are pregnant. If you cannot postpone or cancel your trip, preventative treatment is available. Be very careful to avoid being bitten by insects, and use a mosquito repellent specifically recommended for use in pregnancy.

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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