Immunizations and Pregnancy - Topic Overview
If you are already pregnant and are not immune
you are not immune to rubella, measles, or chickenpox,
your doctor will recommend that you not have the vaccine until after
childbirth. Instead, you must take every precaution to prevent exposure to
these viruses while you're pregnant. Vaccination is safe for you and your baby
If you are at risk of being exposed to
polio, meningitis, or pneumococcal bacteria, your doctor may recommend that you get vaccinated against these infections during pregnancy.
If you are age 26 or younger and you did not already get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine before you became pregnant, your doctor may suggest this vaccine after pregnancy.
been eliminated from all places in the world except for research labs. Smallpox
vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy because of the small chance that it
can affect you or the fetus. But risks related to the vaccine are not as great
as the risk of having smallpox infection. So, in the unlikely event that you
have or may have been exposed to smallpox, you would be vaccinated to reduce
the severity of this life-threatening illness.
Your children should receive their immunizations on schedule. Having your child vaccinated against diseases
does not increase your risk for becoming infected with them. You do not need to
speed up or delay your child's immunizations.
For more information, see the topic Immunizations or
see the topics related to the specific illnesses mentioned above.