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Is pneumonia vaccine safe for pregnant women?

Is pneumonia vaccine safe for pregnant women?

Yes: The pneumoccal vaccines (more than one) are composed of non living material and pose no risk to the developing fetus.They can be given as indicated at any point in pregnancy. Some practitioners avoid use in the first trimester out of a sense of caution, but there are no documented problems when it has been given during that period. ...Read more

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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant women? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant women? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else

Flu affects mom: Pregnant women have a suppressed immune system which inhibits their ability to fight off infections like the flu. The fetus is at risk because the mom is at risk when infected. The best thing to do is to get an annual flu vaccine. ...Read more

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Is getting the pneumonia vaccination a good idea for a healthy, non-smoking pregnant woman?

Is getting the pneumonia vaccination a good idea for a healthy, non-smoking pregnant woman?

Likely safe, but...: It would likely be safe to receive a pneumonia vaccine, but typically there is no reason to recommend it. Do consider a flu vaccine when in season, and tdap for pertussis protection. ...Read more

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Can eating ice when pregnant cause pneumonia?

Can eating ice when pregnant cause pneumonia?

No: No, eating ice during pregnancy can not cause pneumonia. In fact, for some women, especially those with lots of morning sickness, eating ice can be a good way to help keep hydrated. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and my son just got the diagnosis of walking pneumonia. Should I be worried for myself?

I am pregnant and my son just got the diagnosis of walking pneumonia. Should I be worried for myself?

Unlikely to be pbm: Your son's pneumonia is likely caused by germs from his own airway that settled into his lungs. Most are not particularly contagious.(but practice regular hand washing) your fetus is relatively insulated against simple illnesses you might catch unless it has a blood phase like a flu where it could pass to the infant via the placenta. Your catching a pneumonia would not automatically hurt baby. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia I am on promrthazine methylpred and amox/k clav will these meds cause false positive pregnant test or should I stop taking the med?

I have pneumonia I am on promrthazine methylpred  and amox/k clav will these meds cause false positive pregnant test or should I stop taking the med?

NO but talk with Dr.: You are probably pregnant if the test if positive. Untreated pneumonia can be harmful for your babies and so you definitely should not stop antibiotics, and Augmentin is a pregnancy category b drug (felt to be safe in pregnancy for good indications). You should talk with your doctor about the relative benefits and risk of the steroids and cough suppressants. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the flu and pneumonia shots at the same time or do they have to be given seprately? I am 6 months pregnant and have severe asthma.

Is it safe to get the flu and pneumonia shots at the same time or do they have to be given seprately? I am 6 months pregnant and have severe asthma.

Yes & no: "everyone" agrees that women who are pregnant during flu season should get attenuated flu shot (not nasal spray): http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/influenza/an00651. However, there's a bit more conflict re Pneumovax in pregnancy but it appears to be safe to lower risk of pneumonia: http://goo.Gl/uemcgp & http://goo.Gl/1k45v. Talk to your OB & family doc for their opinions. In general very safe. ...Read more

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I am 32 weeks pregnant and have pneumonia and asthma. What are the possible bad effects to my baby?

I am 32 weeks pregnant and have pneumonia and asthma.  What are the possible bad effects to my baby?

Probably little: If you get adequate treatment for your self the baby will likely be fine. Medicines used to treat both the infection and the asthma do not typically bother the baby, and if your symptoms are treated the baby should be ok. ...Read more

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The most common definition is an infection involving the lung. Several noninfectious disorders can cause inflammation of the lung which is ...Read more


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