During pregnancy

Diseases like influenza and whooping cough can be life-threatening for mums and bubs. Find out why vaccination during pregnancy is the best way to protect yourself and your baby from disease.

Vaccination during pregnancy is the best way to protect mum and bub from life-threatening diseases. Influenza (the flu) and whooping cough vaccinations are recommended for pregnant women and can be given at the same time or separately.

Health advice in relation to COVID-19 vaccine

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine (Cominarty) at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning a pregnancy, ask your health professional and discuss the decision in relation to timing of vaccination. To find out more, click here.

Influenza (the flu)

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.

Whooping Cough

Whooping cough (or pertussis) is a serious disease that can lead to pneumonia, fits and brain damage from prolonged lack of oxygen.

Whooping cough is a serious disease for babies and can be deadly. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect your baby against whooping cough. When you have been vaccinated, your antibodies will transfer to your unborn baby and give them protection in their first few months of life until they are old enough to be vaccinated.

The whooping cough vaccine is free for pregnant women under the National Immunisation Program which is implemented in Queensland by Queensland Health.

Vaccination Schedule

When Disease Comments
Between 20 – 32 weeks gestation Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough)
  • One dose recommended for each pregnancy
Any time during pregnancy Influenza (the flu)
  • Given at any stage of pregnancy

Find out more

To find out more about immunisation during pregnancy, contact antenatal provider or call 13 HEALTH (13 432 584).