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It is always better to prevent than to treat. Some infectious diseases can be avoided through vaccination. Influenza and whooping cough are particularly dangerous during pregnancy. Vaccination against these two diseases remains possible during the pregnancy and even during the post-partum period. The vaccine is useful as it avoids maternal and fetal complications while preserving your baby’s health up to a few weeks after his/her birth.
We recommend vaccination against whooping cough during your pregnancy in order to protect your baby during the first months of his/her life until he/she can be vaccinated. Vaccination against influenza is offered at the start of autumn and until the end of winter in order to protect the mother, the pregnancy, the fetus and the new-born. If you are not immune against chicken pox, measles or rubella, you can be vaccinated but only after the birth. This will avoid complications in the event of future pregnancy. Depending on the situation, vaccination against hepatitis B can also be recommended.
Ask any question you may have on vaccination during your prenatal medical appointments.
People in your inner-circle (father, brothers, sisters, grand-parents, baby-sitter, etc.) in close contact with you and later with the new-born baby should get vaccinated against influenza and whooping cough.