Vaccines in Pregnancy

Vaccines in Pregnancy

Many vaccines are safe for pregnant women and prevent serious illness for mothers and their unborn children. The flu vaccine and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine are recommended for pregnant women because of the high risk those diseases pose to infants. It is also important for pregnant women to get vaccinated for flu because it is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women of reproductive age who are not. Other vaccines may be recommended in high risk situations.

Summary of Maternal Immunization Recommendations


Vaccine Indicated During Every Pregnancy May Be Given During Pregnancy in Certain Populations Contraindicated During Pregnancy Can Be Initiated Postpartum or When Breastfeeding
or Both
Inactivated influenza X X
Tetanus toxoid, reduceddiptheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) X X
Pneumococcal vaccines X X
Meningococcal conjugate(MenACWY) and Meningococcal serogroup B X X
Hepatitis A X X
Hepatitis B X X
Humanpapillomavirus (HPV)** X
Measles, mumps, and rubella X X
Varicella X X


For more information on vaccines you may need while pregnant or breastfeeding or to see an expanded version of the chart, visit the CDC’s Immunization and Pregnancy chart.


Always talk to your health care provider about which vaccines you may need during pregnancy. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology at 304-691-1400.


Jennie Yoost, MD, MSc

Dr. Yoost is an adolescent and pediatric gynecologist at Marshall Health and associate professor in the department of obstetrics & gynecology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.