Vaccines are an important part of a healthy pregnancy. The recommended vaccine schedule for pregnant women helps mom pass important and life-saving immunity to her baby for their first few months of life. We’ve included links to the recommended vaccine schedule below.
One of the first things an expecting mother can do to protect her baby is get vaccinated herself. Getting the recommended vaccines while a pregnant woman is pregnant is safe and will help keep moms healthy during their pregnancy. They will also help pass important infection-fighting antibodies to their babies to provide some protection against certain diseases during their first few months of life when they are still too young to get vaccinated.
Have more questions? The CDC’s page on pregnancy and vaccination has resources for moms, families, and healthcare professionals.
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Frequently Asked Questions
With abundant online information, people often have vaccine-related questions. However, not everything you read about vaccines is true. To obtain accurate information, it is crucial to rely on science-based sources. Here are some trusted sources for reliable vaccine information.
Adult Vaccine Recommendations and SchedulesAll adults need a seasonal flu vaccine! Even if you don’t usually get sick from the flu, getting the shot will help prevent you from spreading it to others who may be at much higher risk. All adults also need a Td or Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. You may need additional vaccines if you have other health conditions. Center for Disease Control’s Adult Vaccine Recommendations When Adults Need Vaccines & What They Are What Vaccines Do You Need? A Quick & Easy Adult Vaccine Quiz Vaccine Recommendations for Travel
Where to Find VaccinesVaccines may be available at your doctor’s office, pharmacies, health clinics or centers, and other community locations near you. If your primary healthcare provider does not stock vaccines, you can ask for a referral or contact your local health department to find out more about where to get vaccines in your communities. This website is also helpful in locating places offering vaccines in your community: https://vaccinefinder.org/
Paying for VaccinesAll Health Insurance marketplace plans and most other private insurance plans cover certain vaccines without charging a copayment or coinsurance, even if you haven’t met your deductible. Medicare and Medicaid will also cover certain vaccines. You can find more details on this website: Paying for Vaccines. For those that don’t have insurance, the Virginia Vaccines for Adults (VVFA) program can help. VVFA is a statewide program through the Virginia Department of Health that helps adults that are uninsured get vaccines at little to no cost. Healthcare providers enroll in this program and offer vaccines in underserved areas.The vaccines available through this program are recommended by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, although not all participating sites stock all vaccines. Individuals that have full insurance that will cover the cost of the vaccine are not eligible for this program. If you are an adult seeking a referral for this program, call your local health department to find out where to get vaccines through this program in your area. For more information on this call program the Virginia Department of Health 1-800-568-1929 or 1-804-864-8055. If you have more questions about vaccines, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.