August is National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. Source CDC
Vaccines can offer additional protections to you and your baby if you are pregnant. Your baby shares everything with you, this can mean if you are getting vaccinated you are both protecting yourself and your unborn baby.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you receive a whooping cough and flu vaccine during each pregnancy to protect yourself and your baby.
About Whooping Cough
Whooping cough otherwise known as Pertussis: Is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. For newborns it can be life-threatening. Statistics show up to 20 babies will die each year in the United States due to whooping cough.
If you get the Whooping cough vaccine while pregnant, your body will create antibodies to pass onto your baby before birth that will provide short term protection from whopping cough.
During pregnancy changes to your immune system, heart and lung function may make you more vulnerable to the flue. Which can increase the chances of serious problems for your baby. A flu vaccine while pregnant will help boost your immune system.