In general, most sources consider it safe to give Vaqta vaccines to women who are breastfeeding. In fact, this can help prevent the spread of the hepatitis A infection to the nursing infant, who may be too young to receive the vaccine. However, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding before you receive it.
Can Breastfeeding Women Receive Vaqta?
Vaqta® (hepatitis A vaccine) is a vaccine used to prevent hepatitis A and is approved for use in children age 12 months and older, teens, and adults. Like most vaccines, Vaqta is considered safe for use while breastfeeding.
More Information on Vaqta and Breastfeeding
At this time, most sources agree that breastfeeding women can safely receive most vaccines, including Vaqta. In addition, breastfeeding should not reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Because children cannot receive Vaqta (or any other hepatitis A vaccine) until they have reached 12 months of age, getting this vaccine is a good way for mothers to help protect their infants from hepatitis A. Preventing infectious diseases in the mother can help prevent the spread of the diseases to the child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Vaqta use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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