Pregnancy Protection and Vaccination before pregnancy
Pregnant women need vaccines. By getting yourself vaccinated you are protecting both you and your baby from getting serious diseases.
- Influenza (Flu) - Flu illness in pregnancy can be serious with an increased risk of premature labour and low birth weight. Flu vaccination during pregnancy is safe and effective and is strongly recommended for all pregnant women. Flu vaccine is free for pregnant women and also provides protection for your baby in the womb and for up to six months after birth.
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - Whooping cough is an infection that causes serious illness and, in some cases death, in babies who are too young to be vaccinated. The whooping cough vaccine protects you and your newborn from infection and is recommended before pregnancy on in the last three months of pregnancy, if you have not had the vaccine in the last five years.
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella - If you catch measles, mumps or rubella during pregnancy you could have a miscarriage, premature delivery or your baby could be born with serious birth defects. If you are not protected you should be vaccinated. It is important that you do not become pregnant for 28 days after vaccination.
- Chickenpox (Varicella) - Chickenpox can cause severe birth defects if you catch it during pregnancy. You should be vaccinated if you are not protected. Following vaccination, you must avoid becoming pregnant for 28 days.
- Hepatitis B - All pregnant women are tested for hepatitis B infection, as it can pass to their baby during birth.