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Which vaccines should pregnant women avoid?

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The following vaccines could possibly be passed to your baby and may cause miscarriage, premature birth or birth defects.

  • Hepatitis A: The safety of this vaccine hasn't been determined, but it can be given if the benefits outweigh the risks. Women at high risk for exposure to this virus should discuss the risks and benefits with their doctors.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): Women should wait at least 1 month to become pregnant after getting these live-virus vaccines. If the initial rubella test shows you're not immune to rubella, then you'll be given the vaccine after delivery.
  • Varicella: This vaccine, which prevents chicken pox, should be given at least one month before pregnancy.
  • Pneumococcal: Because the safety of this vaccine is unknown, it should be avoided in pregnancy, except for women who are at high risk or have a chronic illness.
  • Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV): Neither the live-virus (OPV) nor the inactivated-virus (IPV) version of this vaccine is recommended for pregnant women.
  • HPV Vaccine: This prevents the human papillomavirus virus (HPV).

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 06, 2019

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 06, 2019

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