Stanis­laus County Rec­og­niz­ing Im­mu­niza­tion Aware­ness Month

The Oakdale Leader - - LEGALS -

Dur­ing pregnancy, peo­ple are of­ten think­ing about baby names, nurs­ery col­ors, and pre­na­tal vi­ta­mins, but they should also be think­ing about vac­cines. Vac­cines dur­ing pregnancy not only pro­tect against dis­eases, but can also be­gin to pass some pro­tec­tion to the baby. This pro­tec­tion for the baby will last the first few months of life, un­til he or she is old enough to get vac­ci­nated them­selves and de­velop their own pro­tec­tion. Doc­tors and mid­wives rou­tinely rec­om­mend two vac­cines dur­ing pregnancy, the per­tus­sis or “whoop­ing cough” vac­cine (Tdap) and the flu shot.

To cel­e­brate the im­por­tance of im­mu­niza­tions for a healthy start and through­out our lives – and to make sure ev­ery­one is pro­tected with all the vac­cines they need – the Stanis­laus County Health Ser­vices Agency is rec­og­niz­ing August as Na­tional Im­mu­niza­tion Aware­ness Month.

“Get­ting a flu shot is the best way to pro­tect a preg­nant woman from the ill­ness and pre­vent se­ri­ous flu-re­lated prob­lems, such as pre­ma­ture la­bor and de­liv­ery. And when you get a whoop­ing cough vac­cine, or Tdap, dur­ing each pregnancy, you’ll pass some an­ti­bod­ies that will help pro­tect your baby for the first months of life,” said Dr. Julie Vaisham­payan, Stanis­laus County Public Health Of­fi­cer. “That’s when ba­bies are most vul­ner­a­ble to the dev­as­tat­ing com­pli­ca­tions as­so­ci­ated with whoop­ing cough and flu. I en­cour­age preg­nant women to talk to their OBGYNs or mid­wives about th­ese im­por­tant vac­cines.”

You can find out more about the vac­cines rec­om­mended dur­ing pregnancy at www.cdc.gov/vac­cines/pregnancy/ or by talking to your doc­tor or mid­wife, or call­ing your lo­cal health de­part­ment.

To find out which vac­cines you need and where you can get vac­ci­nated, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vac­cines or http:// www.schsa.org/Pub­licHealth/pages/im­mu­niza­tion or call Stanis­laus County Public Health at (209) 558-7700.

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