One of the best ways to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to make sure your immunizations are up to date before pregnancy. For most vaccines, it is even safe to get them while pregnant.
Encourage those around you to get their shots done too, as this will offer greater protection for you and your baby.
Check your records and talk to your doctor, pharmacist or public health nurse about the following vaccines:
- Rubella (German Measles)*
- Chickenpox (Varicella)*
- Hepatitis B
- Influenza (Flu) vaccine
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Other vaccines if travelling abroad
*It is not safe to be immunized with the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) or chickenpox vaccine when you are pregnant. These vaccines can cause birth defects, fetal death or premature birth. It is important to have these vaccinations before becoming pregnant and wait at least four weeks before trying to conceive.
If you’re already pregnant and not immune to rubella, measles, mumps or chickenpox, it is recommended that you avoid these vaccines until after childbirth.
To get immunized, make an appointment with your doctor, pharmacist or public health nurse.
To book an immunization appointment with Public Health:
Residents of Fraser East (Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope), call 604-702-4906
Residents in any other area of Fraser Health, call 604-476-7087