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Vaccinations in pregnancy

Protect yourself and your baby against serious diseases

When you’re pregnant, you share everything with your baby and this includes the vaccines that you have antenatally, these include the Whooping cough (Pertussis) and the Flu vaccine.

Not only will you protect your own health but that of your baby’s when they are vulnerable and rely on you to keep them safe.

Whooping cough vaccine (also known as Pertussis) – should be given between weeks 16-32 of your pregnancy (if for any reason you miss your vaccine you can have it up to when you go into labour)

Whooping cough is a very serious infection. Getting vaccinated while pregnant is highly effective. It protects your baby from whooping cough in the first few weeks of life.

If you aren’t vaccinated and have a chronic health condition or a weakened immune system, you may be at increased risk of complications.

For more information about the whooping cough vaccine visit the NHS website.

Have a chat with your midwife or GP for more information.

Vaccine group Oxford - why you should have pertussis

When you have the whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy, the immunity you get will pass to your baby. This will give your baby protection until they are old enough to have their whooping cough vaccination at eight weeks old.

image of pregnant woman holding baby bump while receiving immunisation
image of pregnant woman blowing nose

Flu or Influenza vaccine

Why should I have the flu vaccine during pregnancy?
The flu vaccine will help prevent you from getting the flu which during pregnancy could increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage/stillbirth and birth defects. When you are pregnant there is also a greater risk of complications from flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

Is the flu vaccine safe in pregnancy?
Yes. Studies have shown that it’s safe to have the flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date.

Can I have the flu jab at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine?
Yes, you can have your flu jab at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine. However, you are at risk of severe illness from the flu at any stage of your pregnancy. So don’t delay your flu jab just so you can have them both at the same time.

Talk to your midwife or GP to book an appointment or visit our flu page for more information about flu and the vaccine.

Information for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

Covid-19 vaccine pregnant or breastfeeding

The UK Health Security Agency website has more information about vaccinations that help protect you and your baby during and after pregnancy.