Baby’s best protection is you

Vaccinations during pregnancy

Vaccination begins with you. Babies and young children are more vulnerable to serious and life-threatening diseases so, it’s important to protect them as early as possible.

Vaccination for whooping cough and influenza during pregnancy are the most effective way to protect mum and baby from serious life-threatening diseases. About two weeks after vaccination, the mother develops immunity and also passes protective antibodies on to the baby. The antibodies can protect the baby after birth until they are old enough to get vaccinated from 6 weeks.

More information about the recommended vaccines during pregnancy and the timing of each vaccination can be found at the pages below:

Whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy


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For more information on immunisation, contact your GP or obstetrician or contact Queensland Health on 13 HEALTH (13 432 584).