Pregnancy: Planning and vaccinations

Whether you want to wait to have a baby or are unsure of the vaccinations you’ll need when you are pregnant, Priority Health has services to help.

Prevention and planning

We can help make it easier to plan when you want to have a baby. Your plan includes family planning services, testing, education and counseling to make sure you receive the information you need to make informed decisions about your health:

  • Doctor visits
  • Medical exams
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Birth control counseling
  • Birth control methods (such as condoms, birth control pills, foams, etc.)
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STDs) and HIV/AIDS testing, education and counseling

Pregnancy and vaccinations

When you’re pregnant, you share everything with your baby. When it comes to vaccines, this means when you get a vaccination you aren’t just protecting yourself, you are protecting your baby, as well.

Pregnant women are more likely to get sick from illnesses like flu and whooping cough. Infants are at high risk for getting sick, as well. The flu and whooping cough vaccines are recommended for women during each pregnancy to protect you and your baby from these serious diseases.

  • Flu vaccine
    Pregnant women should receive a flu vaccine once a year as early as possible in the flu season (October–May), during any trimester for each pregnancy.
  • Whooping cough vaccine
    Women should get the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) in the third trimester (between 27-36 weeks) of every pregnancy. This vaccine provides protection against whooping cough, as well as tetanus and diphtheria.

What you can do

Talk to your doctor with any questions and to discuss options that might be right for you.