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Do you have to update your vaccines before becoming pregnant?

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If it's time for you to update your vaccines, it's important to do so before you are pregnant. A few specific vaccinations, such as the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), varicella (the virus that causes chickenpox), or hepatitis A vaccines increase the risk of birth defects. Experts advise that you wait at least 28 days after receiving some of these vaccinations before trying to conceive.

From: Your Pre-Pregnancy Checkup WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site.  BabyMed web site.  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health web site, May 2003.  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site, 2003.



Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 2, 2018

SOURCES:  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site.  BabyMed web site.  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health web site, May 2003.  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site, 2003.



Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 2, 2018

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