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Pregnancy and Immunizations 

Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Pregnant people and newborns are at higher risk for getting very sick with respiratory viruses, like COVID-19, flu, whooping cough, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Protect yourself and your newborn baby by staying up to date on your immunizations (also called vaccines) during your pregnancy. 

Vaccines are safe. The protection you get from these vaccines passes to your baby before birth, helping them stay protected in early life when they are most vulnerable to getting very sick. 

A pregnant person should get vaccinated against: 

  • COVID-19: If you are pregnant and not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Flu: If you are pregnant during flu season. 
  • Whooping cough: At 27–36 weeks of pregnancy, even if you got it before pregnancy.  
  • RSV: September–January, between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. 

For more information talk to your prenatal health care provider and visit our Immunization for a Healthy Pregnancy webpage or the CDC’s Vaccines During and After Pregnancy webpage.

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Fact Sheet

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy: English (PDF), Spanish (PDF) 

Video

RSV Vaccine During Pregnancy (Released December 2023)

 

California Surgeon General, Dr. Diana Ramos, discusses the benefits of RSV immunization (as well as Tdap, COVID-19 and flu vaccination) during pregnancy. There is currently (as of December 2023) a nationwide shortage of the RSV immunization for infants and toddlers. However, pregnant people between 32–36 weeks of pregnancy can receive the RSV vaccine and pass protection on to their baby.​

Vacunas contra el VRS durante el embarazo (publicado en diciembre del 2023)​

 

La cirujana general de California, Dra. Diana Ramos, habla sobre los beneficios de la vacuna contra el VRS (incluidas las vacunas contra la tosferina (Tdap), la influenza y el COVID-19) durante el embarazo. Actualmente (desde diciembre del 2023) existe una escasez a nivel nacional de la vacuna contra el VRS para bebés y niños pequeños. Sin embargo, las personas entre 32 a 36 semanas de embarazo pueden recibir la vacuna VRS y así transmitir esta protección a su bebé.

Social Media

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Babies under 6 months are too young to get flu and COVID-19 vaccines Vaccines lower the chances that you and your baby will get very sick from COVID-19, flu and RSV

Suggested Messaging: Protect your growing family. Certain vaccines are recommended for anyone who is pregnant. These vaccines lower the chances for you and your family getting very sick or needing to be hospitalized from respiratory viruses, like COVID-19, flu, whooping cough and RSV. For more information talk to your prenatal health care provider and visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx

Getting your vaccines while pregnant provides protection for you and your baby

Suggested Messaging: If you’re pregnant, you’re at higher risk of severe illness, hospitalization and even death from certain respiratory viruses, like COVID-19 and the flu, compared to people who aren’t pregnant.

Vaccination provides the best protection against viruses, like covid-19, flu, whooping cough and RSV.

For more information talk to your prenatal health care provider and visit. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx

Vaccines are safe and provide protection for you and your baby during your pregnancy and after

Suggested Messaging: Millions of pregnant people have safely received vaccines and given birth to healthy babies. Certain vaccines are recommended for anyone who is pregnant. For more information talk to your prenatal health care provider and visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx

Vaccines lower your chance of pregnancy complications due to respiratory viruses

Suggested Messaging: Vaccines can lower your chances of pregnancy complications related to respiratory viruses, like COVID-19 and flu including pre-term birth, high blood pressure, and stillbirth. Getting vaccinated during pregnancy can also lower the chances of your newborn catching contagious viruses, like flu and whooping cough. 

For more information, talk to your prenatal health care provider and visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx

Vaccines are safe for you and your baby

Suggested Messaging: Getting a flu shot during pregnancy can lower your risk of breathing complications and your baby’s risk of catching flu by about half. While getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy lowers the risk of the baby being hospitalized with COVID-19 by more than half.

For more information, talk to your prenatal health care provider and visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx
Get vaccinated aginst respiratory viruses to give your baby protection

Suggested Messaging: Vaccinated pregnant people pass antibodies to their developing baby in the womb. That means the baby is born with some protection against viruses during their early months of life.

For more information, talk to your prenatal health care provider and visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx

Spanish Social Media

Las vacunas son seguras para ti y tu bebé Skip to main content
Suggested Messaging: Protege a tu familia que está creciendo. Ciertas vacunas están recomendadas para las personas embarazadas.  
Estas vacunas reducen las probabilidades de que tú y tu familia se enfermen gravemente o necesiten ser hospitalizados por virus respiratorios, como el del COVID-19, la influenza, la tosferina y el VRS. 
Para obtener más información habla con tu proveedor de atención médica prenatal y visita:https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx

Las vacunas son seguras para ti y tu bebé
Suggested Messaging: 
Si estás embarazada, corres mayor riesgo de enfermarte gravemente, ser hospitalizada e incluso morir a causa de ciertos virus respiratorios, como el del COVID-19 y la influenza, en comparación con las personas que no están embarazadas.  
Las vacunas ofrecen la mejor protección contra virus como los del COVID-19, la influenza, la tosferina y el VRS. 
Para obtener más información habla con tu proveedor de atención médica prenatal y visita: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx
Las vacunas son seguras para ti y tu bebé
Suggested Messaging: 
Millones de personas embarazadas se han vacunado de forma segura y han dado a luz a bebés sanos. Ciertas vacunas están recomendadas para las personas embarazadas. 
Para obtener más información habla con tu proveedor de atención médica prenatal y visita: 
 https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx
Las vacunas pueden reducir las probabilidades de complicaciones en el embarazo
Suggested Messaging: 
Las vacunas pueden reducir las probabilidades de complicaciones en el embarazo relacionadas con virus respiratorios, como el del COVID-19 y el de la influenza, incluyendo parto prematuro, presión arterial alta y muerte fetal. Vacunarte durante el embarazo también puede reducir las probabilidades de que tu recién nacido se contagie de virus como el de la influenza y el de la tosferina. 
Para obtener más información habla con tu proveedor de atención médica prenatal y visita:
 https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx
Las vacunas son seguras para ti y tu bebé
Suggested Messaging: 
Vacunarse contra la influenza durante el embarazo puede reducir aproximadamente a la mitad el riesgo de complicaciones respiratorias y el riesgo de que tu bebé se contagie. Mientras que vacunarte contra el COVID-19 durante el embarazo reduce a más de la mitad el riesgo de que tu bebé sea hospitalizado por COVID-19. 
Para obtener más información habla con tu proveedor de atención médica prenatal y visita: 
 https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx
Las personas embarazadas vacunadas transmiten anticuerpos a sus bebés en gestación
Suggested Messaging:
Las personas embarazadas vacunadas transmiten anticuerpos a sus bebés en gestación. Dichos anticuerpos protegen a los bebés durante sus primeros meses de vida. 
Para obtener más información habla con tu proveedor de atención médica prenatal y visita:
 https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Pregnancy.aspx


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