Maternal Vaccinations Guide
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I am going into my 4th year at Michigan Technological University and am currently studying communications, culture, and media. I have been dancing for most of my life and have recently been teaching and choreographing dance routines for the students at my former dance studio. I also love exploring waterfalls and other scenic areas in the Upper Peninsula in my free time.
Are there vaccinations I should be caught up on before trying to become pregnant?
- MMR vaccine – This vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella, which is a contagious disease that could potentially cause birth defects or a miscarriage. If you're thinking about starting a family, it's a good idea to get this vaccination at least one month before becoming pregnant.
What vaccinations should I get during my pregnancy?
- Tdap vaccine – This vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. It is recommended that pregnant mothers get this vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks. This vaccine helps your body produce new antibodies, which are passed off to your baby to protect them from whooping cough during the pregnancy and for a short amount of time after birth. It’s important to get this shot during each pregnancy because your baby needs to wait two months after they are born to receive their own whooping cough shot.
- Flu shot – This vaccine protects against influenza, also known as the flu. Pregnant women are more prone to catching the flu than women who are not pregnant, so it’s crucial to receive the flu shot during each pregnancy. The flu vaccine is recommended during any trimester for pregnant women. It is important because it protects you, along with your baby from the flu during pregnancy and for a couple of months after birth.
Do I need any other vaccinations?
Should my child’s caregiver, nanny or grandparents get vaccinations?
What vaccinations does my child need for six months after birth?
- Directly after birth – The 1st dose of hepatitis B is administered.
- One to two months – The 2nd dose of hepatitis B (HepB) and 1st doses of diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTaP); haemophilus influenza type b (Hib); polio (IPV); pneumococcal (PCV13) and rotavirus (RV) are administered.
- Three to four months – The 2nd doses of HepB, DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV13 and RV are administered.
- Five to six months – The 1st dose of Influenza (Flu), which is repeated yearly and the 3rd doses of DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV13 and RV are administered.