Maternal immunization protects both the mother and fetus from the morbidity of certain infections. It can also provide the infant passive protection against infections acquired independently after birth. Ideally, immunizations are given prior to conception, but administration during pregnancy is indicated in some situations.
Non-immune women are immunized during pregnancy when there is a high risk of exposure to an infection, the infection is hazardous to mother or fetus, and the immunizing agent is unlikely to cause harm. Despite maternal immunological adaptations to pregnancy, immunization of pregnant women appears to be as effective as in non-pregnant women.
The 2 important vaccines a pregnant woman should think about is the flu shot. Getting the flu shot is the single best way to protect against the flu. It is important for a pregnant woman to receive the H1N1 flu shot. A pregnant woman who gets any type of flu has a greater chance for serious health problems.
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