Immunisations to keep baby safe
Which vaccines did you have as a child? That’s a tricky question without checking your Plunket book (if you know where it is). It is important because changes to the Immunisation Schedule in the 1990s and other factors mean many teenagers and adults did not receive two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. Due to this gap, we’ve recently seen hundreds of mumps cases and measles outbreaks have continued in recent years. Eight out of ten cases of mumps are people not fully immunised. And whilst rubella is also rare, it is a very risky disease to get during pregnancy. Other people, who did receive two doses of MMR, may not have responded as well to the vaccine to give them long lasting protection, possibly due to medical conditions. You can ask your doctor or practice nurse to check your medical records to see which vaccinations were recorded. Having MMR before you’re pregnant helps protect your developing baby against rubella. But other vaccines are given during pregnancy. These trigger your immune system to naturally produce special protective antibodies that you pass to your baby through the placenta. This gives baby temporary protection until they are fully immunised at around 6 months of age.
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