Immunization & Pregnancy

Vaccines help keep a pregnant woman and her growing family healthy.

Vaccine Before
pregnancy
During
pregnancy
After
pregnancy
Type of
Vaccine
Hepatitis A Yes, if indicated Yes, if indicated Yes, if indicated Inactivated
Hepatitis B Yes, if indicated Yes, if indicated Yes, if indicated Inactivated
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Yes, if indicated, through 26 years of age No, under study Yes, if indicated, through 26 years of age Inactivated
Influenza IIV Yes Yes Yes Inactivated
Influenza LAIV Yes, if less than 50 years of age and healthy; avoid conception for 4 weeks No Yes, if less than 50 years of age and healthy; avoid conception for 4 weeks Live
MMR Yes, if indicated, avoid conception for 4 weeks No Yes, if indicated, give immediately postpartum if susceptible to rubella Live
Meningococcal:
  • polysaccharide
  • conjugate
If indicated If indicated If indicated Inactivated
Inactivated
Pneumococcal
Polysaccharide
If indicated If indicated If indicated Inactivated
Tdap Yes, if indicated Yes, vaccinate during each pregnancy ideally between 27 and 36 weeks of gestation Yes, immediately postpartum, if not received previously Toxoid/ inactivated
Tetanus/Diphtheria Td Yes, if indicated Yes, if indicated, Tdap preferred Yes, if indicated Toxoid
Varicella Yes, if indicated, avoid conception for 4 weeks No Yes, if indicated, give immediately postpartum if susceptible Live

For information on all vaccines, including travel vaccines, use this table with www.cdc.gov/vaccines

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