Immunization in Pregnancy

Vaccination is important for you and your baby before, during and after pregnancy. Vaccines protect you and your baby against disease that can cause serious harm.

Before pregnancy consider:

  • Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR)

During and after pregnancy consider:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap)
  • Flu and COVID vaccine

Talk to your health care provider about the vaccinations you need to consider before, during and after pregnancy. 

Making sure your vaccinations are up to date, gives you and your baby the best protection against vaccine preventable disease.  

Are vaccines safe during pregnancy?  

Yes. Vaccines recommended during pregnancy are inactivated vaccines (those having whole or parts of killed germs that cannot infect you). These vaccines are safe for you during pregnancy. Live vaccines (those having weakened germs) are generally not given to pregnant people unless the risk of infection is high, such as during outbreaks. 

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Last updated: 2024-01-19