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Is it safe to get the flu vaccine while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to get the flu vaccine while breastfeeding?

Flu shot is safe: Breastfeeding women, who have had no problems with prior vaccinations, should get the annual flu shot. The vaccine helps prevent the women from catching the flu and bringing it home to their babies. Babies cannot get their first flu shot until 6 months of age (their second flu shot is a month after their first shot). ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Is it safe to get the tdap vaccine while pregnant?

Is it safe to get the tdap vaccine while pregnant?

Yes: Yes. TDap is safe in pregnancy and is recommended to be given to all pregnant women between 27 and 36 weeks. It most importantly protects from Pertussis, or the "whooping cough" and allows for transfer of antibodies from you to your baby through the placenta and then through breastfeeding. This is important as your baby cannot get fully vaccinated in the first few months of life. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the flu shot while pregnant?

Is it safe to get the flu shot while pregnant?

Influenza Vaccine: It is recommended that pregnant women receive influenza vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the measles vaccine while pregnant?

Is it safe to get the measles vaccine while pregnant?

MMR after delivery: The measles vaccine (MMR) is a live-virus vaccine, so it is not given to pregnant women or to women just about to become pregnant. It can be given to the mom after her baby is born. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the smallpox vaccine while pregnant?

Is it safe to get the smallpox vaccine while pregnant?

Would not: The vaccinia virus in the smallpox vaccine is an attenuated (weaken) but live virus and we avoid using live virus vaccines during pregnancy if possible. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a flu vaccination while drunk?

Is it safe to get a flu vaccination while drunk?

yes,but: Unless someone is driving you to and from the event, i would suggest you be sober.The presence of alcohol in your system will not alter the benefit of the vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take rabies vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take rabies vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: The disease or risk of disease is usually fatal. No problems have been found with administering the vaccine to pregnant or breast feeding women. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a flu shot while pregnant?

Is it safe to get a flu shot while pregnant?

Absolutely!: And highly encouraged! unvaccinated women had a 25% higher risk of fetal death in a large norwegian study published in nejm (one of our most respected medical journals). http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/health/study-confirms-benefits-of-flu-vaccine-for-pregnant-women.html. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get travel vaccines while pregnant?

Is it safe to get travel vaccines while pregnant?

Depends on vaccine: It is best to consult a travel medicine/infectious disease specialist to see which vaccines are recommended for the area you plan to travel to. Some vaccines contain live organisms and should not be given to pregnant women. ...Read more

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Is safe to get hepb vaccine while breastfeeding?

Is safe to get hepb vaccine while breastfeeding?

Yes: This will not interfere with feeding or place you or baby at risk.The vaccine is actually lab created material and not a living product. ...Read more

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Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Death or disability: We lost 2 pregnant moms during the 2009 flu outbreak in my medium sized town. Flu is potentially deadly during pregnancy and the inactivated flu injection can help you avoid it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a flu shot while on methotrexate?

Is it safe to get a flu shot while on methotrexate?

Yes: Yes, it's safe to do so. Methotrexate wouldn't suppress your immune system enough to not be able to take flu shots or vaccinations in general. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get vaccinated while pregnant?

Is it safe to get vaccinated while pregnant?

Yes: Some vaccines are safe in pregnancy. The influenza vaccine for example. These vaccines are made from incomplete viruses or bacteria and have very low risk of serious side effects. Other vaccines are made from live viruses and have an extremely small risk of causing the disease they are trying to prevent and should be avoided in pregnancy. You should check with your OB before getting a vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give influenza vaccine during pregnancy?

Is it safe to give influenza vaccine during pregnancy?

Yes: Yes it is safe for the mother and for the baby, in the absence of major egg allergy. In fact pregnant women should get the vaccine to protect both mother and child. ...Read more

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Is it safe for pregnant women to get the measles vaccine?

Is it safe for pregnant women to get the measles vaccine?

MMR after delivery: The measles vaccine (MMR) is a live-virus vaccine, so it is not given to pregnant women or to women just about to become pregnant. It can be given to the mom after her baby is born. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the hepatitis vaccine while pregnant or as a small child?

Is it safe to get the hepatitis vaccine while pregnant or as a small child?

Yes and yes: Hepatitis b vaccine appears to have no harmful effects on pregnant women, fetuses, and babies. Women at low risk for hepb can get their shots after delivery. Babies get their hepb shot shortly after birth, and hepa shot at 18-24 months. Hepatitis a vaccine has less safety information than hepb vaccine, but hepa vaccine also appears to be safe during pregnancy, if a woman can't wait until delivery. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get allergy shots while pregnant?

Is it safe to get allergy shots while pregnant?

Yes: Allergy shots are safe during pregnancy as long as you are at a maintenance dose or the dosage is held stable until delivery. The concern is about a possible reaction to the allergy injection. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more