Pregnancy and vaccinations

There are only two vaccines recommended if you are pregnant, which are: 

  • influenza vaccine - can be given at any time in the pregnancy
  • diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) - given from 28 weeks of pregnancy.

These vaccines not only protect the mother, but also the baby. Antibodies from the mother are passed to the baby to protect them in the first few months of life. 

See your primary health clinic, midwife or general practitioner for these vaccines.

Pertussis vaccination is also recommended for fathers and carers in the same household of any baby under seven months. This vaccine can be given any time after the mother to be is in her 28th week of pregnancy.

Last updated: 27 June 2017