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Vaccination During Pregnancy!Is it safe to get vaccinated during pregnancy?

  • Dr.Anusua Shaw
  • 13 Sep 2018
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What is vaccination?

In simple words, vaccination is a treatment which makes the body stronger against a particular infection. It helps our Immune System to work much strongly against the real infection. What are vaccines?  Vaccine gives immunity to an infectious disease caused by a particular bacterium or virus. This means the vaccine makes a person less likely to get that disease. For example, the flu vaccine makes it less likely that a person will get the flu.

Why to get vaccinated in Pregnancy?

The vaccines a woman gets before and during pregnancy not only protect her health but also safeguard her baby's health. The mother’s immunity is the baby's first line of defense against certain serious illnesses. So if a woman gets pregnant or is planning a pregnancy, she should make sure that her vaccinations are up to date.

Types of vaccines:

There are mainly three types of vaccines –

Live, attenuated vaccines Inactivated vaccines Toxoid vaccines Live, attenuated vaccines are weakened version of the living microbe being made in the lab so it can’t cause disease. Toxoids are chemically altered proteins drawn from bacteria Inactivated vaccines contain killed pathogens.

Is it safe to get vaccinated during pregnancy?

It depends on the type of vaccine you're considering. Doctors recommend that pregnant women not get vaccines that use live, attenuated (weakened) viruses. Vaccines needed before pregnancy .
If you are trying to conceive you should talk to your doctor about the vaccinations to get before and during pregnancy. Because, pregnancy weakens the immune system of the mother to support her growing baby (who the body considers a foreigner). It means a would be mother is at greater risk of catching something and getting sicker. Chickenpox vaccine Chicken pox can cause serious trouble for growing baby in the womb.
Before you become pregnant, get checked by your doctor to see if you need the varicella(chicken pox) vaccine. If you are not immune to chicken pox, the vaccine helps keep the pox at bay. If you have not had two doses of the chickenpox vaccine before, you will need two doses, four to eight weeks apart. Then if you can, hold off on conceiving until a month after your second dose. Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) Rubella can cause birth defects, Mumps infection increases miscarriage risk and measles increase chances of preterm birth or a low-birth weight baby. If you are already immunized with MMR vaccine at younger age, you don’t ever need a booster dose. However if you weren’t immunized according to the childhood schedule, you should get vaccinated and then wait one month before trying to conceive.
 If you aren’t sure about your vaccination history get the vaccination before conceiving – even if you were vaccinated, it’s perfectly safe to get an additional dose. Hepatitis B Hepatitis B can be passed on to unborn baby and it can lead to liver failure and liver cancer. The vaccine comes in a series of three shots, but you don’t need to finish all three doses before conceiving. Vaccines needed during pregnancy Influenza/Flu vaccine It prevents some strains of the flu, which can be very unpleasant for adults and much more serious to babies, small children, the elderly and anyone with a chronic medical condition or compromised immune- system (including pregnant woman).
 You should get a new shot during pregnancy even if you got vaccinated in the last year, because the immunity wanes with time. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccine(Tdap)
All women should get this shot during their pregnancy. When you are getting Tdap vaccination in your pregnancy, you pass immunity to help protect your newborn from whooping cough before he’s old enough to get his own vaccines.

Other vaccines needed during pregnancy –

Pneumococcal Vaccine Hepatitis A vaccine Hepatitis B vaccine Meningococcal Vaccine Vaccines to be avoided during pregnancy There are several vaccines which you should not get during pregnancy. Chickenpox or Varicella vaccine MMR vaccine HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine Zoster vaccine Vaccines to get postpregnancy- Breastfeeding mothers can get vaccinated according to a normal adult vaccination schedule. Woman of less than 26 years age should get new HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine that helps protect against cervical cancer.

What happens if you are allergic to a vaccine?

Doctors recommend to skip certain vaccines which contains substances which you are allergic to. Some examples – Those allergic to baker’s yeast shouldn’t get Hepatitis B vaccine Those with egg allergy should avoid Flu shot Severe allergy to gelatin or to the antibiotic neomycin shouldn’t get MMR vaccine Note: If you are skipping shots you should discuss alternate ways to prevent illness with your doctor.

Homoeopathic treatments for any vaccine related side effects The following remedies have proven the most effective for both the prevention and corrections of most common reactions to vaccinations.

Aconitum Napellus:  First remedy for inflammations and inflammatory fevers. For fear, anxiety, anguish of mind and body. Relieves physical and mental restlessness. For someone who does not want to be touched.

Apis Mellifica: A Great remedy for swelling, puffiness, edema, stinging pain, soreness, intolerance of heat, touchiness and red rosy hue of various body parts. For hives with intolerable itching.

Chamomilla: Restlessness. Extremely sensitive to every pain. For vomiting.

Hypericum Perforatum: Excessive painfulness is a guiding symptom to its use. For puncture wounds.

Ledum Palustre: A specific remedy for puncture wounds produced by sharp-pointed instruments or bites. For general lack of body heat, yet heat of bed is intolerable.

Pulsatilla: Temperament and mental state are the chief guiding symptoms. For great sensitivity. For sadness, crying readily, weeps when talking, changeable and contradictory.

Silicea: A specific remedy for ill effects of vaccinations. For headaches, spasms, epilepsy and feeling of coldness. Lack of vital heat and prostration of mind and body.

Thuja Occidentalis: Another specific remedy for ill effects of vaccinations. Action is on skin, blood, gastro-intestinal tract, kidneys and brain. Has a specific antibacterial action. For skin troubles and neuralgia. These are the common symptomatic reactions, they are not the only reactions that may occur.

If symptoms occur after vaccination, take a formula of this nature. If symptoms persist, consult your physician.

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