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Vaccines during pregnancy



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It is essential that every woman of childbearing age is vaccinated against certain diseases such as tetanus, rubella, measles, and chickenpox if she is not immune. That is why if you are not pregnant yet, it is recommended that you go to your family doctor before being pregnant to make sure of the protection we have against certain diseases, it is done through serology (blood tests). And, if necessary, vaccinate before pregnancy.

When a woman is pregnant, it is logical to consider not only what medications they can take, but also whether vaccines are contraindicated or, on the contrary, are recommended during pregnancy.

Probably many pregnant women were vaccinated as children. But not all vaccines protect for the rest of life. Or maybe there are new vaccines that didn't exist in your childhood. Over time, some childhood vaccines stop working and you may need what is called 'booster shot' in adulthood.

We can say that vaccination is possible during pregnancy, always depending on the type of vaccine in question: Live virus vaccines are contraindicated, as they present a relative risk to the fetus, since it is assumed that the vaccine germ can also infect the baby. Examples of these vaccines are: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) as well as the chickenpox vaccine.

Killed (inactivated) or toxoid vaccines are safe as they do not cause disease. Examples of these types of vaccines are flu, diphtheria, and tetanus.

The benefits of vaccinating pregnant women generally outweigh the potential risks when the probability of exposure to the disease is high, when the infection poses a risk to the mother or fetus and also when the vaccine is unlikely to cause harm.

During pregnancy, preferably from the second trimester, they are specifically recommended tetanus vaccination for the prevention of neonatal tetanus, in unvaccinated women, and influenza (given the increased risk of hospitalization for influenza during pregnancy).

After delivery, vaccination against rubella (preferably VT) and against chickenpox in non-immune women should be vaccinated.

Can be interesting get vaccinated against pertussis immediately after delivery, those women who are not immune, since we can protect our children before they receive their first dose of pertussis (depending on the vaccination schedule). Babies may not be fully protected until they have received three doses.

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