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Viruses and Pregnancy
Please review the information below as it relates to viruses and vaccinations to be aware of during pregnancy.
Importance of Vaccinations During Pregnancy
Please see the SOGC PregnancyInfo website above for detailed information about routine screening tests in pregnancy, including: ultrasound, HIV screening and Group B Streptococcus screening.
The video above teaches the importance of getting vaccinated during your pregnancy
Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnancy
As of 2018, Health Canada now recommends that all pregnant women receive a vaccination for pertussis ("whooping cough") between 27-32 weeks pregnant to help protect themselves and their new baby against pertussis infection.
Other Viruses and Pregnancy
It is also common to be exposed to various viruses while pregnant. Please see the following information from Patient.info (from the UK) about several common viruses, including Varicella (chicken pox) and Parvovirus B19 (Fifth's disease, or "Slapped cheek" disease). Influenza is another common virus that vaccination can help protect both mother and child.
Parvovirus B19 Info
For more information regarding Parvovirus B19 (Fifth's disease, or "Slapped cheek" disease) please see the information above from Patient.info.
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