Many vaccines are safe and some may be recommended in pregnancy. Visit The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada website to find out more about vaccinations during pregnancy.
The following vaccines are RECOMMENDED in pregnancy:
- Influenza (flu shot)
Vaccines that should be AVOIDED in pregnancy include:
- Poliomyelitis (oral: Sabin)
- Typhoid (oral)
- Yellow fever
The following vaccines can be considered SAFE in pregnancy but are not recommended routinely unless medically indicated. Please discuss with your OB and/or GP prior to administration:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese encephalitis
- Poliomyelitis (Inactivated: Salk)
- Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis)
- Td (tetanus)
- Typhoid (injectable)
Read why pregnant women need a flu shot from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Should I get the pertussis (Tdap) vaccine in pregnancy?
Pertussis is another name for whooping cough. Tdap is a vaccine that protects against whooping cough, tetanus and diptheria. In the United States and United Kingdom it is common practice that pregnant women receive the pertussis vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, even if they have been vaccinated before. It is thought that this stimulates production of antibodies in the mother which are passed along to the baby and protect the baby until they are old enough to be immunized.
Whooping cough is not common in Canada and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) does not believe that there is enough evidence to recommend immunizing all pregnant women.
NACI recommends immunization only of pregnant women who:
- Didn't receive a Tdap vaccine in adulthood
- Are living in an area where there is a pertussis outbreak
Speak to your health care provider for more information.
Learn more about pertussis on the Public Health Agency of Canada website.
If you are travelling visit the International Medical Services clinic.
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