The pandemic poses a difficult challenge for people of all ages, including expectant mothers. Pregnancy is a wonderful time for a woman, but it can also be difficult, especially with a surge in illness. Pregnant women should be vaccinated with caution, as there are significant benefits for both mother and child. Vaccination during pregnancy can directly protect the mother from avoidable diseases, thereby protecting the developing fetus.
Newborn babies have a weak immune system, which puts them at a higher risk of contracting deadly infections. Therefore, there are specific vaccinations that all women should receive during pregnancy. These immunizations are not only safe for your baby, but they also protect against the flu during the first few months of life.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can protect a mother from her severe COVID-19 illness. Immunization also helps develop antibodies in pregnant women and may protect the unborn baby.
Influenza (flu) vaccination
Influenza vaccination is prescribed to pregnant women, especially those with increased flu during certain seasons. These shots are made from inactivated viruses that are safe for both mothers and children. However, influenza nasal spray vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox are not recommended because they contain live virus. Instead, they are recommended before pregnancy or during childbearing age.
Hepatitis B vaccine
Liver inflammation is caused by a deadly infection known as hepatitis B. Pregnant women infected with hepatitis B run the risk of giving birth to premature babies and suffering serious complications. Because hepatitis B vaccine is safe and effective, it is recommended for pregnant women at risk of HBV infection.
Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccines should be given to all pregnant women (27-36 weeks) regardless of vaccination history.
hepatitis A vaccine
Infection with hepatitis A virus is also associated with pregnancy problems during pregnancy. These include increased preterm birth, placental abruption, and premature membrane rupture. Pregnant women who are at risk of developing hepatitis A are advised to get the hepatitis A vaccine.
Vaccination during pregnancy is an important step in improving pregnancy outcomes. It is also important to consult your doctor before choosing vaccinations during pregnancy as they can better guide your family. You can help society by At the same time, women should also pay special attention to their health and live a healthy life. Including the right amount of nutrients in your daily diet and exercise can also help improve your child’s overall health.
(Author Dr. Balaji Nalwad, Consultant and HOD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Manipal Hospital, Banner, Pune)
(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of India TV)
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