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Vaqta and Pregnancy

Although Vaqta is not expected to cause significant problems when given during pregnancy, the possibility for problems cannot be completely ruled out. However, there may be times when a healthcare provider will recommend the Vaqta vaccine for pregnant women, especially if these women have a high risk for contracting the hepatitis A infection.

Can Pregnant Women Receive Vaqta?

Vaqta® (hepatitis A vaccine) is a hepatitis A vaccine. It is approved for use in adults, adolescents, and children. As is very common with medications and vaccines, it is uncertain whether this vaccine is safe for use during pregnancy. However, the benefits for preventing hepatitis A may be worth the possible risks for certain pregnant women.
Healthcare providers may recommend this vaccine for women who have a high risk for infection, such as women traveling to countries that have a high prevalence of hepatitis A infections.

What Is Pregnancy Category C?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Vaqta is classified as a pregnancy Category C medication.
Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do appear to cause fetal harm in animal studies. In addition, medicines that have not been studied in any pregnant women or animals are automatically given a pregnancy Category C rating.
The effects of Vaqta on a developing fetus are unknown. It is not expected to cause significant or serious problems. However, because it has not been adequately studied in pregnant women, the possibility of problems cannot be ruled out.

Final Thoughts

Your healthcare provider may recommend that you get this vaccine during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh the risks. For instance, Vaqta may be recommended for pregnant women who have a high risk for contracting hepatitis A. Make sure to discuss the potential benefits and risks for your particular situation with your healthcare provider.
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