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Can a vaccine harm my unborn baby?

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A number of vaccines, especially live-virus vaccines, shouldn't be given to pregnant women because they may be harmful to the baby. (A live-virus vaccine is made using the live strains of a virus.) Some vaccines can be given to the mother in the second or third trimester of pregnancy, while others should only be given at least 3 months before or immediately after the baby is born.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 07, 2017

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 07, 2017

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