Most doctors recommend you take vaccines before you get pregnant and wait at least one month before trying to conceive. They recommend all women to have a medical check up before getting pregnant. There are some vaccines such as rubella and chickenpox that might cause birth defects if they are administered during pregnancy. There is a vaccine (Tdap) which is given to adults as a substitute for Td (recommended every 10 years).  The most common side effects of this vaccine are body aches, chills, fever, headache, and nausea. Tdap is supposed to protect you against tetanus, diphtheria, and Pertussis. For people 26 years or older doctors suggest you take HPV virus, also called Gardasil. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in USA. Also, for women planning to get pregnant during flu season is recommended you take the flu shot prior to getting pregnant. Flu season is generally November through March. We have a new friend in the bunch and that is the newly incubated   H1N1 (swine flu). And of course we can't forget Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, and Rabies for pregnant women at risk of an infection. Good luck with your vaccines and always check with your doctor before administering any of them.





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