- Influenza vaccination is recommended in any stage of pregnancy.
- Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination is recommended from 28 weeks of the pregnancy.
- These vaccines are free for pregnant women.
- Whooping cough vaccine is free for partners of pregnant women after 28 weeks.
- Influenza and whooping cough vaccines are available to purchase for family members at our community sessions.
Women are strongly encouraged to have an influenza vaccine and whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine during their pregnancy.
These vaccines are free and available at each of our community sessions. No appointments are necessary.
Influenza vaccination is safe for women in all stages of pregnancy. It helps to protect both mother and unborn baby from complications associated with the influenza virus during pregnancy. Complications associated with influenza include pneumonia, miscarriage and premature labour.
Protective antibodies are also passed to the newborn to help protect baby in the early months of life.
Women who received the previous year’s seasonal influenza vaccine early in their pregnancy can receive the current seasonal influenza vaccine (when it becomes available) later in the same pregnancy.
Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination
Vaccination during pregnancy is the most effective way to prevent whooping cough infection in your newborn. The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine is can be safely administered between weeks 28 and 32 of gestation. This provides the best protection for your newborn.
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory illness that causes prolonged coughing that can make it difficult to breath. Whooping cough can lead to hospitalisation and complications can include pneumonia, brain damage and death.
The whooping cough vaccine is recommended with each pregnancy.
Parents and guardians of babies under 6 months of age can also receive a free whooping cough vaccine if they have not received a whooping cough vaccine in the past 10 years.
Partners of pregnant women
Partners of pregnant women can receive a free whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine after 28 weeks of the pregnancy if they have not received a whooping cough vaccine in the past 10 years.
Partners and other family members can also purchase the influenza vaccine at any of our community sessions for $25.