Pregnancy Vaccine Gets the All Clear -- Should You Get the Shot?

vaccineIt doesn't matter if they're pro-vaccines or against them, when it comes to shots during pregnancy, many moms are leery. The experts won't let us eat soft cheese or take medicine for a headache, but they expect us to let someone shoot us full of who knows what? Maybe this will help.

The Journal of the American Medical Association has issued a study that says the Tdap vaccine -- also known as the whooping cough or pertussis vaccine -- is safe for pregnant women. The study looked at more than 123,000 pregnant women in California, 21 percent of whom got their Tdap shot after the Golden State became the first in the country to recommend Tdap be routinely administered during pregnancy back in 2010.

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According to their findings, the shot was not associated with an increased risk of pre-term birth, small birth weights, or an increased risk of hypertension or pre-eclampsia.

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It's not all golden. One concern was highlighted: there was a slight increase in the risk of a mother developing a condition known as chorioamnionitis, an inflammation of the membranes that surround the fetus -- but the margin was slim. Of the moms who got the shot, 6.1 percent were diagnosed with chorioamnionitis compared with 5.5 percent of women who skipped the vaccine. That's pretttttty small, folks.

Researchers say this proves the vaccine is safe and supports a recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that all pregnant women get the vaccine in order to pass the immunities on to their babies. The best time for the shot, according to the CDC, is between the 27th and 36th week of pregnancy, in order to provide the best protection for baby after birth.

What do you think of vaccines during pregnancy?

 

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