Two Vaccines Pregnant Moms Need (But Aren’t Getting) | How To Protect Baby and Mother

What’s up everybody? Okay, check it out. Pregnant women. Okay, if you watch nothing
else in this video, this is what you need to
do if you’re pregnant. You need two vaccinations, okay? At the minimum. These are the ones that
are very important, only 55% of pregnant women
get these vaccinations and they are putting themselves
and their babies at risk. It is our fault, as physicians,
because we haven’t pushed this hard enough and
here’s what you need to do. You need an influenza vaccine, a flu shot. Why? Because it turns out that up
to a third of hospitalized women of childbearing age are pregnant, hospitalized for influenza. Flu hits pregnant women very hard, to the point where again,
they’re getting hospitalized, life in danger, child in danger. So vaccinate yourself. It is safe, it is effective. Some of these vaccines
can contain thimerosal, the authorities say that’s okay, if you’re worried about ethyl mercury, which you shouldn’t be, because it’s safe, you can get the thimerosal free vaccine, but get the flu shot
period if you’re pregnant. The second shot that’s less well known, is the Tdap shot, especially, so that’s tetanus, diptheria
and acelluar pertussis. It’s the pertussis component that matters. Why? Pertussis is whooping cough. It turns out, this is
less about the mother, although it does protect the mother, and more about the baby. An infant child cannot be
vaccinated for pertussis really before two months of age. So how is that child going to
be immune to whooping cough if there’s an outbreak,
which there have been. Turns out, the antibodies from the mother, cross the placenta and protect the child. So giving the Tdap vaccination, especially the pertussis component, in the early third trimester, gives you about four weeks
to develop the most antibody response you can have, the IgG antibodies, they cross the placenta, they concentrate with the fetus, and then you have protection
until they can be vaccinated. And with the number of people
out in the community now who aren’t vaccinating, it’s actually even more
dangerous for infants. So, how does this all work? Okay, flu shot, anytime in the
season that you’re pregnant that the flu shot’s available, get it. Doesn’t matter what trimester you’re in, you just get it. And again, those antibodies
also protect the child, who can only get a flu
vaccine by six months of age. So again, you’re passing
on maternal antibodies to the child. You keep yourself safe,
you keep the child safe. The second thing is the Tdap,
the pertussis particularly, early third trimester is when
you really wanna do that, although again, talk to your doctor. Now, speaking of that, 25%
of mothers who were surveyed, say their doctor never
mentioned these vaccinations for them during pregnancy. This is a huge problem. And I get it, especially obstetricians, because they’re really behaving
as the primary care doctors for patients who are
pregnant, but they really, I mean storing vaccines, we
don’t get reimbursed for them, storing them is a real
problem if you don’t do them at scale, it can get very
expensive, they go bad, etc. So, it’s hard sometimes for obstetricians to stock all these vaccines, and we don’t necessarily
have the conversations. These are crucial. So either the obstetrician,
the primary care docs, the pediatricians,
whoever, it doesn’t matter. We as clinicians need to
do better at educating our vulnerable mothers and their infants, who are affected by this
lack of vaccination. So, here’s the call to action, okay? We as healthcare providers, wake up. Really, really, really push this. We have to do better with flu and pertussis
vaccination for mothers. Check out UpToDate
for a full description of what goes into maternal vaccination, including what you should vaccinate for before you get pregnant and
immediately after you deliver, because you can’t give live
vaccines during pregnancy, they’re not considered safe for the fetus. These other vaccines have
been studied extensively and are safe for mothers
and infants, okay? The second thing is if you’re pregnant, go ask your doctor
about these vaccinations and do not drop the ball on this. This is so important
for you and your baby. All right guys? If you believe in educating others, share this video, not just with patients, but with other healthcare professionals so that we never drop the ball on this. Guys, I love you. Hit like, hit share, and we out. Peace.

17 Replies to “Two Vaccines Pregnant Moms Need (But Aren’t Getting) | How To Protect Baby and Mother”

  1. ZDoggMD, can you please address and look into the Vincristine shortage? Teva stopped making it and Pfizer isn’t making enough? This is disastrous for our children fighting leukemia! How can this happen???

  2. Wow this is a Real problem….I took care of a child & she got the whopping cough. It was bad & sad to watch her be pain. Please people get vaccinated!

  3. I got my Tdap booster when I was… 6 months pregnant I believe. I went in for a check-up w/my OB and she said I needed it. I can't get a flu shot. I'm allergic to chicken feathers & the last time I got a flu shot my arm blew up to twice it's normal size and felt like it was going to explode.

    That was 19 years ago. I thought it was normal. Just like I got another booster when I was in the hospital. I think it might have been an MMR booster, but I can't remember. But I remember clearly the Tdap at 6 months pregnant because I was all "I thought you didn't need to get shots after a certain age" and they said it wasn't for me, it was for the baby.

  4. Oh wow, I didn't know so few doctors were recommending them o.o Happy to say my doctor spoke of them as if it was all routine, including how important both are.

  5. When influenza hits special populations like pregnant patients and those really young or old it can really cause damage 🙁

  6. No pregnant woman should ever be vaccinated!!! You disgust me promoting pharmaceuticals instead of health. Good doctors promote ways to naturally strengthen your immune system. What next? Dont Breastfeed? Baby formula is best for babies? I realize promoting anything natural is the enemy of allopathic medicine, but going after babies before they are even born is the lowest you could possibly go. Your'e either not very educated, or absolute scum who chooses profits over integrity.

  7. I’m a PA who works in Ob and we recommend flu and TDAP to every single pregnant patient… it’s routine in our office and very few patients refuse. It takes 2 minutes for me to explain the importance of these vaccines to my patients and once they understand it’s an easy decision! Thank you for spreading this critical message!!!

  8. I though antibodies are passed through colostrum much more effectively than through the placenta and are major reason for breastfeeding a newborn when their stomach wall is open to receive them for the first 24 hours after birth especially in preterm babies that need it the most

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