Immunizations and Vaccinations

This topic can evoke several questions and opinions. Vaccines are crucial in protecting you and your baby during pregnancy. Inactivated vaccines, including flu and Tdap vaccines, are safe during pregnancy. However, live-attenuated vaccines like MMR and varicella are not recommended during pregnancy due to the risk they pose to the developing baby. If you plan to get pregnant, it’s best to get these vaccines at least four weeks before conception. Your trusted healthcare provider can provide more information and guidance on which vaccines are safe for you and your baby and what timing would be optimal. Check out our vaccine resources to learn more about how vaccines can help keep you and your baby healthy.

Thinking Ahead?

Are you planning for your pregnancy? It’s never too early to start thinking about the tests, labs, and appointments you’ll need once you become pregnant. Jump ahead to our Early Pregnancy section for a variety of resources to help you prepare. From information on prenatal screenings to what to expect during your first prenatal visit, we’ve got you covered. Take a look and start planning for a healthy and fruitful pregnancy! 

Maternity Program and Services has a wealth of patient information to guide you in your journey. As we continue to add content to our website, our goal is to review and recommend more information for you about services and programs in Vancouver. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the list of programs and services available on Pathways BC as well as what is currently listed on BC211.