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Traveling to many exotic and remote places around the world carries the risk of different health hazards. What vaccines can you take when you're pregnant to protect yourself? Is pregnancy a time to explore the wonders of India?

In principle, every vaccination you can take is better taken while you are not pregnant. There is no evidence of harm in most cases, but the general idea is that you are better off if vaccinated before or after pregnancy, just to be on the safe side. There are, however, some vaccinations which should be avoided during pregnancy. If possible, make sure that your needed vaccines are up to date when you get pregnant.

But what can you do if you need to go away to a country that demands you take additional vaccinations once you're pregnant? Should you even consider traveling to developing countries while you are pregnant? Again, if you are vaccinated against possible illnesses and you keep to the medical guidelines given, there is no theoretical reason why you shouldn't go. But the repeated medical recommendation is to go only if you must. Medical care is limited and health hazards are wide spread. You might be better off to postpone that adventurous trip to India or Chile until your little one is old enough to get needed vaccinations and enjoy the adventures with you.

Vaccines to avoid

Basically, the kind of immunization you should clearly keep away from is live virus vaccines. If you have received live virus vaccine, you should wait a month before getting pregnant. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there's been no reported harm to a fetus from the accidental administration of these live vaccines, but information is limited, so it's still a risk you shouldn't take. The effect they might have on your baby is unknown and carries a certain degree of risk. These vaccines include: Measles, mumps, rubella (combined vaccine called MMR)


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