Immunization During Pregnancy
Stop Whooping Cough: Get a Tdap shot!
Whooping cough disease (also called pertussis) is very dangerous for newborns, but they are too young to be immunized. Newborns most often catch whooping cough from a family member.
Get a Tdap shot (whooping cough booster shot) in your 3rd trimester. By protecting yourself from the disease, you also protect your baby.
You Need a Flu Shot!
During pregnancy, the flu is more likely to cause serious health problems for you and your baby. A flu shot during pregnancy is a safe and easy way to protect both you and your baby from the influenza virus.
To learn more about pregnancy and the flu, visit the March of Dimes website.
Traveling out of the United States?
Talk with your doctor about shots to protect you from diseases that are still common in other parts of the world.
For more information you can go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traveler’s health website.
The protection you get from these shots is also passed on to your baby during pregnancy. This will help protect your newborn until she’s old enough to be vaccinated.