Pregnancy and Vaccines

Did you know that a mother’s immunity is passed along to her baby during pregnancy? This protects the newborn baby for the first few months of life until the baby is old enough to receive immunizations. It is important to receive certain vaccines to protect both you and your baby!

Whether you are currently pregnant or planning a pregnancy, talk to your healthcare provider about recommended vaccinations.

Immunizations Before and During Pregnancy

The Immunization and Pregnancy chart below shows the immunizations needed before and during pregnancy to use as a reference when discussing with your healthcare provider.

Vaccines you should talk to your healthcare provider about getting while pregnant include:

  • Flu vaccine (yearly)
    • Flu can be dangerous for pregnant people. Getting a flu vaccine while pregnant can help protect you and your baby against flu.
  • Tdap vaccine (with each pregnancy)
    • The Tdap vaccine helps protect against whooping cough, which can be really dangerous for your baby.
  • COVID-19
    • If you get the COVID-19 during pregnancy, you can become much sicker than nonpregnant people who get these infections. Vaccines offer you the best protection.
  • Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV
    • RSV is a common respiratory virus that is the leading cause of hospitalization in infants. RSV vaccine is recommended for those who are 32-36 weeks pregnant during RSV season to provide protection against severe RSV illness in your baby and reduce baby’s risk of being hospitalized from RSV by 57% for up to 6 months of age.


What is cocooning?  

Cocooning is a way to keep your newborn safe from vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure that those around them have been vaccinated against flu, whooping cough, and COVID-19.  
Everyone is excited and wants to see your baby. However, well-meaning family, friends, and caregivers can pass germs on to your baby by accident. Requesting these people have flu, COVID-19, and TDaP (whooping cough) vaccines creates a layer of protection until your baby is old enough to get their own vaccination and build their own immunity.

Stay home if you are sick

Avoid close contact with sick people and wear a mask

Cover your nose and mouth
when you sneeze

Wash your hands often

Clean and disinfect

Stay up to date on your vaccinations