IN PREGNANCY AND LACTATION

Pregnant women can safely receive the tetanus toxoid vaccine; it is essential that they are immunized against tetanus, as this prevents tetanus in the newborns.

Live virus vaccines should not be given during pregnancy, with the exception of yellow fever, which can be given if the risk of exposure is very high.

Pregnancy is not a contraindication to rabies vaccine following exposure to the infection, because the risk of rabies far outweighs the vaccine complications.

Breast Feeding

  • Breast feeding is not a contraindication for any vaccine.
  • Women who breast feed can be safely vaccinated.
  • Babies who are breast fed can be safely vaccinated.