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Pregnant Women and Inactivated Vaccines

Did you know that pregnant women can safely receive inactivated viral or bacterial vaccines or toxoids?

As a general rule, live attenuated viral vaccines should be avoided in the immediate preconception and prenatal time periods (e.g., varicella, live attenuated influenza, MMR).

While there is no proven risk of adverse fetal effects, the CDC advises delaying administration of these live vaccines until after delivery due to the theoretical risk.