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What were/are you immune against?

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    What were/are you immune against?

    What were/are you immune against before becoming pregnant? I am not immune against a few viruses but I am wondering if it is worth my time becoming vaccinated? I have spoken to many mothers and they mention how they never knew if they were immune to certain viruses or not.

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    Not sure what viruses you are talking about, but it's better to be immunised against rubeola (measles) as it's very dangerous when you are pregnant. I got my hepatitis vaccination before to come to HK, and I knew I was immunized against toxoplasmose for a long time (but there is no vaccination against it). I already had chickenpox too. Can't really think about something else...
    Do you have a vaccination book ?

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    I did a blood test and found out I was not immune to rubella, so got the vaccination. If you get it, need to wait 1month before trying to conceive.

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    yes, most everyone should be immune to rubella from childhood. i am pretty sure it was a requirement. your doctor will also do a blood test in your first trimester to find out as well about HIV, and any exposures to other virus. Living abroad, I would also get the Hep shots.

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    Hep B is a must for HK. I would recommend the chickenpox vaccine if you're not already immuned against it. And yes, the flu shot.

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    I would get tested to see what you have immunity to and then get what you can. Especially before TTC. I have to admit I did not but later found out that I had immunity to MMR but not to whopping cough (yes, they now have adult vaccine for this one and you should get it). I caught whopping cough between my DD's second vaccine but luckily she did not!

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    DEFINITELY get a pre-pregnancy check up. The Dr. will do a simple blood test to check if you are immune to chickenpox or rubella/measles. Remember that you need to wait 1-3 months before TTC since these vaccinations are live.

    My husband and I are going to start trying to get pregnant this summer so I thought I should go for a pre pregnancy check-up. I wanted to make sure that I was immune to the chickenpox virus since I never had the virus as a child. The Dr. did a simple blood test to determine if I was immune. It turns out I NEVER had the chicken pox and I am not immune. I was shocked!! Over the past 8 years I have taught in schools where there were numerous outbreaks, yet I never got the virus.

    The Dr. told me that there was no need for me to get the vaccination, since it wasn’t 100 % effective. She said that if I had the vaccination I could still get the chickenpox during pregnancy. I INSISTED that I should get the vaccination and reminded her about the birth defects (Limb abnormalities, including absence or underdevelopment, abnormal brain development, mental retardation, scarring of the skin ) She said she would find out some more information and get back to me. (So glad I went with my gut and argued with her about this)

    She did get back to me and said that I should have the vaccination. I searched on the internet and found out that after two shots the vaccination is 99% effective. So I got the vaccinations (one month a part). The only problem is that you have to wait 1-3 months before TTC. The manufacturer says to wait 3 months but the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that pregnancy be avoided for 1 month. My husband and I want to start TTC in July (which would be 2 months after receiving the vaccination) but we are wondering if we should wait until August (after 3 months) before TTC. What would you do?

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    I got a blood test from the hospital when I got pregnant. They found that I don't have immunity against rubella. I was quite concerned at first, but as some people said from other forums, rubella is not as common now a day. Most of the kids get vaccinated against it.... And if I haven't had contact with the virus for 3X years, why should I worry now???

    But of course, if you are planning to TTC, better get vaccinated now. That will give you a peace of mind.

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