Immunisation can protect a pregnant woman and her unborn baby from infectious diseases. Some infectious diseases can cause serious harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies.
Ideally, women would be up to date with their immunisations before they become pregnant and all women should receive whooping cough and influenza vaccines during every pregnancy.
For further information on pregnancy or antenatal care visit the dedicated Maternity Services page.
Whooping cough (pertussis)
The whooping cough vaccination is recommended during every pregnancy so that protection can be provided for each baby. The best time for you to have this vaccination is between 28 and 32 weeks.
Partners and family carers should have the whooping cough vaccination at least two weeks before beginning close contact with a baby. Ensure your other children are up-to-date with their vaccinations. Also, remember to keep your newborn baby away from anyone who is unwell, particularly those with a cough.
Whooping cough vaccination program for pregnant women.
More Queensland Health information on whooping cough (pertussis).
Pregnant women have a higher risk of complications associated with the flu and you are therefore eligible for a free flu vaccine.
The flu virus changes from year to year; therefore you need to be vaccinated each year.
The flu vaccine can be safely given at any time during your pregnancy and not only protects you but also provides ongoing protection to your newborn baby for the first six months after their birth.