Sunday, June 16, 2019

Vaccines during pregnancy

During pregnancy it is important to prevent diseases that can be harmful, both for the mother and the baby. We tell you which vaccines are compatible with pregnancy and which are contraindicated.

It is normal that during the gestation period you have many doubts about the medicines you can take and the  vaccines that can be given to you, or not. 
In the case of vaccines, it must be taken into account that certain diseases can be harmful for both the mother and the baby and that, therefore, it is important to put the means to prevent them.
Therefore, if in your plans you are pregnant, the first thing you should do is visit your gynecologist to check if you are up to date on your immunization schedule , and guide you and recommend the vaccines you must put before staying in the state .
If, on the contrary, you are already pregnant, do not worry. There are vaccines that are compatible with pregnancy and that pose no risk to either the mother or the fetus, but do not forget that you should always consult your gynecologist about what to do in each case. He, better than anyone, will guide you on what is beneficial to preserve your health and that of your baby.

What can not be vaccinated during pregnancy?

Vaccines are medicines that protect our body against future infectious processes. There are several types of vaccines, which are contraindicated during the gestation period those containing active viruses in their composition, for possible damage that may cause the embryo. These are:

  • Viral triple ( measles , rubella and mumps ). It is necessary to avoid conception until 28 days after receiving this vaccine.
  • Varicella vaccine Avoid becoming pregnant during the four weeks after administration.
  • Poliomyelitis vaccine .
  • Vaccine against yellow and typhoid fevers .

  • Vaccine against smallpox (disease already eradicated from the planet).
  • Vaccine against tuberculosis (BCG) . It is composed of live attenuated bacteria, so it should not be administered during pregnancy.
  • Vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV) 

If you have been given any of these vaccines, it is convenient to wait at least one month before getting pregnant. Under special conditions, such as when the pregnant woman must travel to places where the disease is endemic and it is not possible to avoid it, the doctor must assess whether the risk of contracting the infection is higher than that of receiving the vaccine; This is the case of prophylaxis against yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, or Central European encephalitis, for example. After delivery, there is no problem in putting them on, as they do not contraindicate breastfeeding , although you should always consult previously.

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