A HEALTHY START: PREGNANCY AND VACCINESBy Leslie Terjesen on Tuesday, August 9, 2016
A HEALTHY START: PREGNANCY AND VACCINES
“National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives,” stated Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “This week focuses on vaccinations as an important component of a healthy pregnancy.”
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “Vaccines during pregnancy not only protect you against certain diseases but can also help protect your baby during its first few months of life. The two vaccines that are routinely recommended by doctors during your pregnancy are Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough) and the flu shot.”
Regenye added, “Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect a pregnant woman from the flu and prevent serious flu-related problems, such as premature labor and delivery. Also, when you get the Tdap vaccine, during each pregnancy, you will pass some antibodies that will help protect your baby from pertussis. That is when babies are most vulnerable to the devastating complications associated with pertussis (whooping cough). We recommend anyone coming in contact with an infant be immunized against pertussis. It is important for pregnant women to talk to their healthcare providers about these important vaccinations.”
The Ocean County Health Department will begin its annual flu campaign in the early fall and its days, times, hours and sites will be posted on the OCHD website at www.ochd.org before the campaign begins. Also the OCHD offers Tdap vaccinations every first and third Thursday of the month from 1 – 4PM, no appointment necessary. Pregnant women need to bring a note from their doctor for both vaccinations.
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