Immunizations for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy and Immunizations

The safest way to protect yourself and your baby from harmful diseases is to stay up to date on all your immunizations. The California Department of Public Health briefly outlines the basics of Immunizations Recommended for Pregnancy.

Below are other detailed resources and information on the shots you need for a healthy pregnancy.

Did you know pregnant women can get their flu shot at any point during pregnancy? The flu shot is the best way to protect pregnant women and their babies from the flu

Before Pregnancy

If you plan to become pregnant, find your vaccination records and make sure you are up-to-date on all your immunizations. If you cannot find your vaccination records, there are a few ways you can locate them. If you received your immunizations in California, you can submit an Authorization to Release Healthcare Information form through the California Immunization Registry (CAIR).  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides a list of places where you can try to find your vaccine records: How to Locate Vaccine Records

The CDC recommends a pregnant person should be vaccinated against Whooping Cough and the Flu to protect herself and her baby. 

Your Baby May be at Risk for Flu and Whooping Cough: English | Spanish

COVID-19 vaccinations are also recommended for those who are breastfeeding, pregnant, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.  Learn more about its safety and effectiveness, along with commonly asked questions, here: COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, please visit Colusa County Public Health’s Vaccine Clinic webpage, or

After Pregnancy

After your baby is born, your doctor may recommend you get certain vaccines you could not receive while pregnant. Postpartum vaccination will help protect you from getting sick, and it will pass some antibodies to your baby through breastmilk: Vaccines after Pregnancy

You should also make sure those around your baby are up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations, as your baby is most likely to catch it from someone at home: Surround Your Baby With Protection

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