Should I have shots and preventive malaria meds if I am pregnant?


Q: I am travelling to dominican republic a star resort, I will be 3months pregnant when travelling and as yet I have not had any vaccines. What vaccines will be safe or should I cancel my holiday?


A:   In general, vaccines are rarely given during pregnancy, if at all. If a woman will be given a vaccine before finding out she is pregnant, counselling will be done for the possible harmful effects it can have on the baby. For Dominican Republic, there are only a few cities (Santiago and Santo Domingo) that do not have malaria. Areas with resorts do have malaria. You will need preventive medications if you are going to these areas and most of them are not safe for use in pregnancy. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Typhoid shots are also needed. Personaly, I would suggest for you to cancel it but use your own judgment if you will go ahead with your trip. I do hope this helps and take care always.

Related Q&A

Q: I have an issue when I rub and massage my elbow I get a tingling sensation in my pinky and ring finger

Q: Hi i m 25 years old n me n my husband had unprotected sex on the last day of my menstrual cycle ie on 25th Jan n I ha...

Q: Hi i have a slightly low thyroid and iam on medication. i recently wanted to take a amino acid blend, which includes ...

Q: Hi, i live in guyana , about two year ago i found out i have hrdorcephalus and at that time i was 20 years old, howev...

Q: Hi. This is more of a psychologist question that I would like help with. I have this friend that I'm really obsesse...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon