What is it?
Getting certain vaccines before, during and after pregnancy protects you and your baby. Vaccines recommended for pregnant women include:
- Influenza (flu) vaccine – can be taken any time during pregnancy
- pertussis-containing vaccine – can be taken between mid-second trimester and early third trimester
If you’re planning a pregnancy, it’s also important to check your history of the following vaccines:
- Hepatitis B
If you aren’t sure if your immunisations are up to date, your GP can order a test to check your immunity for some vaccines. If you smoke, or are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you may be at risk of other diseases, such as pneumococcal. Your GP can discuss the pneumococcal vaccination with you.
Immunisation protects you, your family and the community. It reduces the spread of disease and protects people before they encounter an infectious disease.
Talk to your GP about the COVID-19 vaccine and your eligibility.