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​​​​​​african-american woman talking on the phone in a coffee shop​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pregnancy is a time when you and your baby need all the protection you can get.

Vaccinations during pregnancy will give protection to both mother and baby. 

When you are vaccinated, your body will create protective antibodies that will pass to your baby before birth. This will provide  protection to your baby after he/she  is born.

You can also provide indirect protection to your baby by making sure everyone who is around your baby is up-to-date with their vaccinations.​

It's flu season. Flu vaccine recommendations for pregnant women

If you are pregnant during influenza season, it is recommended to receive the annual flu vaccine.​
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​​Recommended vaccinations for pregnant women:

Diphtheria, TetanusWhooping Cough (Pertussis) – you need this vaccination (Tdap) during each of your pregnancy usually between 27 and 36 weeks into your pregnancy. This is given to boost maternal immunity which then helps protect your newborn baby from pertussis. (whooping cough).  

Influenza – you will need this vaccine for each flu season. Pregnant women are more prone to severe illness from flu. Pregnant women with flu also have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery. Therefore, women who are pregnant during influenza season are recommended to receive the annual flu vaccine.​

Others – your doctor may recommend others depending on your health

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Take the Infant Immunization Quiz

Test your knowledge of vaccinations against a variety of diseases that can affect your child. This quiz is based on information from the CDC.

1. A pregnant woman passes antibodies to her unborn baby through the placenta to protect against certain diseases. About how long does this natural immunity last after birth?
2. Which vaccine is given soon after birth?
3. Bacterial meningitis strikes infants more often than any other age group. Which vaccine will help prevent one previously common type of meningitis?
4. What type of reaction commonly occurs after the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine?
5. When should an infant not be given a DTaP vaccine?
6. In the combined DTP immunization used in the past, which of the three vaccine components reportedly caused severe reactions?