Vaccinations and Pregnancy

If the danger of disease exposure is high, the safety provided by a needed vaccination usually outweighs potential risks. Depending on your destination and the type of immunization you require, seek the advice of a doctor who specializes in vaccinations and travel medicine. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides these general guidelines:

  • If planning to become pregnant, wait until at least a month after receiving vaccinations before conceiving.
  • If you are already pregnant, consult your doctor about all decisions involving travel.
  • If you are in the third trimester, your doctor will probably advise you to defer overseas travel until after the birth of your child.