It is important that pregnant women also receive the necessary vaccinations before the trip. However, the use of some vaccines during pregnancy is not safe.

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As a general rule, most of the recommended vaccines can be used if the risk of infection is high. However, a careful risk-benefit analysis is required for each individual and vaccination decisions should be made in collaboration with a healthcare professional.

Vaccine Recommendation (pregnancy)
COVID 19 (PFIZER and MODERNA)Recommended if indicated.
BCG Contra-indicated
DTaP Recommended if indicated
Hepatitis A Recommended if indicated
Hepatitis B Recommended in some circumstances
HPV Not recommended
Influenza (inactivated) Recommended if indicated
Influenza (LAIV) Contra-indicated
Japanese encephalitis Inadequate data for specific recommendation
Meningococcal ACWY May be used if indicated
MMR Contra-indicated
Polio May be used if indicated
Rabies May be used if indicated
Typhoid Risk cannot be ruled out
Varicella Contra-indicated
Yellow fever May be used if exposure risk is high


Pregnant women should avoid vaccines that contain live viruses, such as those against smallpox or measles. In addition, malaria may be worse in pregnant women and increase the risk of pregnancy complications. Although there is no malaria vaccine, women should take malaria medication before taking the trip and take special precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

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