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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vaccines For the Pregnant, and Those Around The Pregnant and their Newborns

Babies are ideal to immunize as their immune system is so powerful they develop immunity to the vaccinated disease, and keep most of that immunity for life. Boosters for vaccines help bridge that protection into old age. However no immunity is perfect, and babies have other susceptibilities and frailties to disease that makes it important for their mothers and their close family and visitors need to have up to date vaccination protection that will help them avoid disease. The Pregnant women should receive influenza vaccination and Tdap during her pregnancy  the  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), presents new data to back up this annual opinion published in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Tdap should be given between 27 and 36 weeks pregnant. In addition to protecting the baby after birth pregnant women are at increased risk for serious illness from influenza because the immune system changes during pregnancy. These changes appear to place women at increased risk for illness and influenza-related complications, and if she gets sick the baby is at risk to get sick as well.. In addition flu shots protect pregnancies and babies in another way. According to a study published online January 6, 2015 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, it has been determined that in addition to preventing the flu, pregnant moms who get flu shots have healthier babies because they are less likely to have a baby who is small. WebMD has pointed out that Canadian and World Health Organizations guidelines recommend seasonal influenza vaccinations for pregnant women in any trimester. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that quadrivalent vaccines are safe to mothers also. This gyno agrees, but there are some considerations regarding who and when and what type of vaccines we recommend and it's always a good topic to discuss.
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 For more information, see ACOG's Web site.

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