Vaccinations in pregnancy

Influenza vaccination

Influenza vaccination is recommended for all pregnant women regardless of gestation. It is important to discuss the influenza vaccination during any antenatal consult. It is important to increase uptake of the seasonal influenza vaccine now, particularly among high risk groups like pregnant women.

Pertussis vaccination

Antenatal pertussis vaccination is recommended for all pregnant women in the third trimester (preferably at 28 weeks). It is important that all people in close contact with infants less than six months of age are vaccinated at least two weeks before having close contact with the infant.

GPs can ensure that:

  • all children in households with new babies are up to date with their pertussis vaccinations;
  • adult household contacts and carers of newborn infants have received a pertussis booster within the past 10 years.

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