Many parents to be worry about the safety of having vaccines at this special time.
Having recently given birth to our third child, it is also a topic close to my heart. Some vaccines are contraindicated in pregnancy, but others, such as the flu vaccination, are not only safe, but to be actively encouraged to protect the mother and unborn child. There is overwhelming evidence for pregnant ladies to take flu vaccinations and I personally have made sure to be up to date during each of my three pregnancies.
This time around, after reviewing the medical evidence, I also took a Tdap (Boostrix) vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) as I felt this offered additional protection for my unborn child in the period before he could have his first vaccines.
If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy, do make sure to be up to date with your flu vaccine and do get one if you are not. It is safe and encouraged in all stages of pregnancy. (Pregnant ladies are more prone to severe complications of the flu).
Do make an appointment with your Family Physician or Obstetrician to discuss what vaccines are recommended and for all health concerns related to pregnancy.
- Dr Sarah Packer
Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.