Immunisations for whooping cough and flu during pregnancy
16 Nov 2017
Whooping cough (pertussis) and influenza (flu) vaccines are very safe to be given during pregnancy and are recommended to protect both the mother and the baby during pregnancy and in the first few months after birth.
It is expected that many people in Australia will still be getting the flu in the next few months so getting immunised soon is important. When you are pregnant, your immune system is naturally suppressed, or weakened, which puts pregnant women at a greater risk of getting the flu. Pregnant women are more likely to become seriously ill or die from complications of the flu than the general population. Flu vaccine is very safe and can be given at any time during pregnancy. The flu vaccine is free for all pregnant women in South Australia. Speak with your midwife or doctor. Your doctor may charge a consultation fee.
The pamphlet 'Immunisations during pregnancy' published by the Immunisation section of the South Australian Department of Health has more detailed information and there is also information available in several different languages.
Have a look at the topic Immunisations for whooping cough and flu during pregnancy which has more information and links to the pamphlet and website.