Vaccines given before, during and after pregnancy offer a safe and effective way to protect you and your child from certain diseases.
Galway East Medical Practice offer a range of vaccinations recommended by the Irish health authorities for women during this important time.
If you have any worries or questions about vaccinations you and your baby may require, Please contact reception on 091 740340 for more information or to book you appointment to see your Doctor or Practice Nurse.
Measles, mumps and rubella are highly infectious diseases that can cause serious, and potentially fatal complications such as meningitis, encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and deafness.
During pregnancy, rubella can lead to serious complications affecting the unborn baby including deafness, blindness, brain damage or heart disease. It some cases, it can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.
The MMR vaccine is given in two doses. The first dose is given as part of the childhood immunisation schedule at 12 months, the second dose is given at four/five years of age as part of the school immunisation programme.
If you are unsure if you have received both doses of the vaccine, Galway East Medical Practice will be happy to check your immunity to MMR and advise you if an MMR vaccination is necessary.
The MMR vaccine is not suitable for women who are pregnant.
It is important to note that the MMR is a live vaccine and pregnancy must be avoided for one month following vaccination.
Vaccines given during pregnancy are a safe and effective way to protect you and your child from certain diseases.
Vaccinations during pregnancy help to protect your baby during the first few weeks of life as the immunity you develop against the disease is passed onto your baby in your womb.
Vaccines recommended in pregnancy
The flu (influenza) vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect you from the influenza virus.
The flu is a highly infectious and acute respiratory (breathing) illness that is caused by the influenza virus. It affects people of all ages and commonly occurs during the winter months.
Getting flu while pregnant increases your chance of developing complications, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. A common complication of the flu during pregnancy is bronchitis, a chest infection that could lead to pneumonia, hospitalisation and severe breathing difficulties.
The vaccine changes every year to protect against the strain of flu virus going around that year. It can be given to you safely at any time during pregnancy, and poses not risk to women who are breastfeeding, or to their babies.
Flu vaccination during pregnancy provides increased immunity against influenza infection to babies in the first 6 months of life.
Whooping Cough Vaccine
The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect your child from getting whooping cough during the first few weeks of life.
The immunity you get from the vaccination will be passed onto your baby in the womb and will provide passive protection until they are old enough to be vaccinated against the whooping cough at two months old, as part of the childhood immunisation schedule.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious illness that can be life threatening. Young babies (under six months old) with whooping cough are often hospitalised with severe complications such as pneumonia or brain damage.
But you can help your baby by getting vaccinated from weeks 16 to 36 of your pregnancy. This vaccination will maximize your baby’s protection against whooping cough from birth.
Protection against the whooping cough is administered via the Tdap vaccine, a tetanus (T), diphtheria (d) and acellular pertussis (ap) booster vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. It is given in one single injection.
If you miss having the vaccination for any reason, you can still have it up until you go into labour, although your baby is less likely to get protection from you. Having the vaccination at this stage protects you from getting whooping cough and passing it onto your baby.
Women should vaccinate against whooping cough during each pregnancy as immunity to whooping cough can decrease overtime.