Vaccinations during pregnancy - AusVaxSafety study provides reassuring data for parents-to-be

 9 June 2020

Reassuring data for parents-to-be has been released from the recent large study by AusVaxSafety regarding the safety of influenza and pertussis vaccinations during pregnancy.

This study, published in Vaccine, analysed adverse events following immunisation with influenza vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (dTpa) vaccine in more than 13,500 pregnant women over three years. It was found that the majority of adverse events reported were injection site reactions such as pain, swelling or redness and that the incidence of fever was low, with only 0.5% of participants seeking medical attention for the adverse event.  
 
This data should give parents-to-be confidence when considering their maternal vaccination recommendations and hopefully increase the uptake of these vaccines which is important to protect both mother and baby.

For more information about vaccinations during pregnancy, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website

AusVaxSafety continues to undertake surveillance of maternal vaccination. Access the safety data here.

Read more of the study article in Vaccine

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