Vaccinations
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Swine Flu (H1N1/09)

Is the H1N1 vaccine safe for breastfeeding mothers?

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2012-12-26 18:29:30

Yes, flu vaccines, including the vaccine for the 2009 pandemic

swine flu that is included in the seasonal flu vaccinations again

for the 2012-2013 flu season, are considered safe and effective for

breastfeeding mothers. The antibodies that are produced in response

to the flu vaccines in the mother will also help protect the baby

through the mother's milk. Also since infants under six months old

can not be vaccinated yet due to their immature immune systems, it

is recommended that anyone caring for these babies should be

vaccinated, so they can not give the virus to the infant. This

would include breastfeeding mothers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the

following related information (note that this information comes

from the time of the initial H1N1/09 vaccine development for the

2009-2010 flu season. Since that time this vaccine is no longer

needed to be given in a separate vaccination and has been included

in the annual flu vaccine for the several years since then. No

second vaccination is needed any longer. It is included in the

2012-2013 flu vaccine):

Both seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 monovalent influenza vaccines

should be given to breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding is fully

compatible with flu vaccination, and preventing maternal infection

provides secondary protection to the infant.

Maternal vaccination is especially important for infants less

than 6 months old, who are ineligible for vaccination. In addition,

transfer of vaccination-related antibodies by breastfeeding further

reduces the infant's chances of getting sick

with the flu.

While pregnant women should just receive the inactivated

injectable form of influenza vaccine, nursing mothers can receive

either the injectable or nasal spray form.

Pregnant women should not receive nasal spray vaccine for either

seasonal flu or 2009 H1N1 flu. After delivery, women can receive

the nasal spray vaccine, even if they are breastfeeding.


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