Vaccination for Pregnancy
Vaccinating the mother before, during and after the pregnancy is not only protects the mother, it will also protect the baby’s health. Mother’s immunity is the first line of defense for the babies. Pregnant mothers should not take live vaccine, such as Hepatitis B vaccine, polio vaccine, rabies vaccine and rotavirus vaccine; because there's a slight chance these will harm the unborn baby. Some vaccines are made from dead viruses, such as the flu shot and toxoid vaccines are safe, such as the tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) shot. The vaccine also depends on some dependent factors such as your age, lifestyle, medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes & allergic conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccinations. During pregnancy Tdap is recommended, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks gestation, to protect baby from whooping cough.