So we’ve dealt with the “how” and the “why” is pretty straight forward – prevention is better than cure – so now onto the “when” and “what”.
Ideally the “when” is prior to falling pregnant. I’d recommend confirming your immunity (and receiving boosters before falling pregnant) to the following: measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus.
It is important to note that if you receive a live viral vaccine, it is recommended that you do not fall pregnant for 28 days following.
Do you need to worry if you inadvertently receive a vaccine when you were pregnant?
It is reassuring that there is NO convincing evidence that receiving vaccines during pregnancy (with the exception of smallpox) causes any problems for the developing baby.
Are there any vaccines that are recommended during pregnancy?
Currently, it is recommended that all pregnant women receive the influenza vaccine and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination every pregnancy. The influenza vaccine can be administered at any time during the pregnancy, and the recommended optimal time for the pertussis vaccination is between 29-32 weeks.
For at risk women (indigenous, smokers) the pneumococcal vaccination is also recommended.
I would also recommend reducing the risk of exposure to these infections by taking preventive measures such as hand washing, avoiding contaminated surfaces or contact with others who are ill.
If you have further questions, you might like to visit the following sites or speak to your doctor.
The above information doesn’t take the place of a medical consultation so please seek further advice if your symptoms continue to concern you.