The flu can be very severe for pregnant women and babies. If you get the flu during pregnancy, you have a high risk of complications.
Immunisation will protect you and your baby. Babies under 6 months can’t be vaccinated against the flu, but if you have been vaccinated during pregnancy they will have some protection in the first 6 months of their life.
The flu vaccine is recommended in every pregnancy and at any stage of pregnancy. Women who received the previous year’s seasonal flu vaccine early in their pregnancy can receive the current seasonal flu vaccine (when it becomes available) later in the same pregnancy. Women who received a flu vaccine before becoming pregnant should be revaccinated during pregnancy to protect the unborn infant. The flu vaccine can safely be given to breastfeeding women.
The flu vaccine is free for pregnant women under the National Immunisation Program which is implemented in Queensland by Queensland Health.