Are vaccinations really necessary if you are planning to travel during pregnancy?
An important consideration to make is to consult with
your doctor and The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention or CDC if the vaccinations you are considering
are safe during pregnancy. Certain vaccinations become
a need when you are considering travel to third world
countries but may not be safe during pregnancy. Generally
all live virus vaccines such as MMR should not be given
during the course of pregnancy but can be given before
conception and after delivery. Others such as yellow
fever may be given after the first trimester if there
is a substantial risk of exposure.
In fact receiving vaccinations in the 2nd or 3rd trimester
reduces theoretical concerns over the likely birth defects
since fetus's organs would have been formed by that
time. Information from the CDC shows that there is no
concrete evidence to suggest that inactivated bacterial
or viral vaccines such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B,
Tetanus-diphtheria toxoid etc pose risk to expecting
mothers and therefore can be given if the need arises.