One of the best ways to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to get your vaccines up-to-date before pregnancy.
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:
* If you are a woman of childbearing age, make sure you are protected (immune) against measles, rubella and chickenpox before getting pregnant. If you are not immune you should get the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and chicken pox vaccines, and then wait one month before trying to get 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 or 604-702-4840
Residents in any other area of Fraser Health, call 604-476-7087
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Note: When making an appointment with Public Health, you will be offered a text message reminder through the ImmunizeBC text message reminder system.