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Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Infertility | 0 comments

In a nutshell

This study reviewed the use of vaccinations for women seeking fertility. 

Some background

Vaccinations are used to prevent developing certain diseases. In some cases, a woman seeking fertility treatment may not be vaccinated. Complications may arise if a woman is not fully vaccinated. There may be risks to both the mother and the baby. This study reported the recommendations for vaccination in women seeking fertility treatment.

Methods & findings

Before undergoing fertility treatment, patients should receive all recommended vaccinations. Some vaccines cannot be administered during pregnancy. These include the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), varicella (VA) and herpes zoster (HZ). Vaccination may be performed if there is a significant risk. 

Vaccination against the influenza virus (IV; the flu) is recommended for all pregnant patients and those planning for pregnancy. Only certain IV vaccines can be administered to pregnant women, such as those injected. Intranasal (administered through the nose) IV vaccines cannot be given during pregnancy.

Vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) is recommended for pregnant women. It can be given after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Vaccination against VA and MMR cannot be performed during pregnancy. If a patient is vaccinated against VA and MMR they should avoid becoming pregnant for at least 1 month. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is not recommended during pregnancy. 

Vaccination against some pathogens such as pneumococcus, meningococcus, hepatitis A and B, are not administered to pregnant women. They may be administered to women at high risk. These include women traveling to areas where these viruses are common.

The bottom line

This study reviewed the use of vaccinations for women seeking treatment for infertility.

Published By :

Fertility and Sterility

Date :

Oct 01, 2018

Original Title :

Current recommendations for vaccines for female infertility patients: a committee opinion.

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