Pregnant Women

Page last updated: 10 June 2015

The seasonal influenza vaccine, or “flu shot”, is recommended and funded for pregnant women under the National Immunisation Program. It is can be given at any time during pregnancy.

Women face a high risk of severe consequences if they contract influenza during pregnancy. The flu shot is safe for pregnant women, and provides effective protection for you and your new-born baby for the first six months of their life.

More information about influenza and the influenza vaccine is available on the Influenza page of this website.

The adult dTpa (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis) vaccine is also recommended for pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy. This vaccine protects the mother against pertussis (commonly called whopping cough) but also the newborn as the mum passes on her antibodies via the placenta.

Whooping cough can be very severe in very young infants and can cause death. Vaccination of pregnant women with dTpa is the best way to protect infants against whooping cough when they are too young to receive their vaccines recommended from 2 months of age.

Getting immunised

Speak to your maternal/child health nurse or your general practitioner to access this free immunisation under the National Immunisation Program.

The dTpa vaccine it is not funded under the National Immunisation Program for pregnant women.

For information about immunisation in your area, contact your state or territory health department.

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