Baby Your Baby: Vaccines for pregnant/breastfeeding women

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Flu season is here and it’s recommended everyone six months of age and older get a flu shot. The flu shot can be given any time during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It’s a good idea for the entire family to get the vaccine every season. Al Romeo, RN, PhD with the Utah Department of Health's MotherToBaby Program says, the flu can be deadly for pregnant women because their immune system isn’t as strong during pregnancy. The CDC and other professional organizations continue to support flu vaccines for pregnant women.

Pregnant women should also get the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough) vaccine in the third trimester of every pregnancy to give their baby a boost of immunity from these diseases for the first few months of life. Whooping cough can be deadly for babies. Everyone who comes into contact with the baby should also keep up-to-date on the Tdap, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), and other recommended vaccines to help protect the baby from getting sick.

If mom has never had chicken pox, she should try to get the varicella vaccine before she gets pregnant to protect her from having chicken pox during her pregnancy and causing complications for the developing baby such as eye, brain, and limb problems.

If mom needs to travel to other countries, she can check with her healthcare provider about the travel vaccines she will need for those countries. Remember, there is no vaccine for Zika virus so avoid areas where it is still active such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America.

Remember, thimerosal and vaccines do not cause autism. This is a myth that has been disproven by sound scientific evidence. If preservatives (such as thiomersal) are still a worry, you can talk to your healthcare provider about preservative-free vaccines.

If you have questions about immunizations during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit or call 801-328-2229.