Havrix and Breastfeeding
Most vaccines are generally considered safe for women to use when breastfeeding. This includes Havrix (hepatitis A vaccine), which provides protection against hepatitis A. In fact, early research findings indicate that infants who breastfeed may have a stronger immune system response than infants who do not, which could increase the effectiveness of Havrix.
Is Havrix Safe While Breastfeeding?Havrix® is a vaccine approved to prevent hepatitis A. Like most vaccines, it is considered safe to receive while breastfeeding.
Current RecommendationsAt this time, most sources agree that breastfeeding women can safely receive most vaccines, including Havrix. Nursing should not reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. There is even a little early research indicating that infants who breastfeed may have an enhanced immune response to certain vaccine antigens. At least theoretically, this may mean that vaccines could work better in nursing infants.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and HavrixYou should discuss any concerns you have about Havrix and breastfeeding 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.