Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women

These guidelines from the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include a list of vaccines for multiple illnesses and recommendations about whether or not pregnant women should take each vaccine. Head Start health managers can use these facts to educate staff and parents about vaccinations before, during, and after pregnancy.

Risk to a developing fetus from vaccination of the mother during pregnancy is primarily theoretical. No evidence exists of risk from vaccinating pregnant women with inactivated virus or bacterial vaccines or toxoids. Benefits of vaccinating pregnant women usually outweigh potential risks when the likelihood of disease expo- sure is high, when infection would pose a risk to the mother or fetus, and when the vaccine is unlikely to cause harm. More »

Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women. HHS/CDC. 2007. English.

Last Reviewed: June 2009

Last Updated: October 24, 2014