There are 2 important vaccinations to think about during pregnancy. They are whooping cough and flu.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Young babies with whooping cough are often very unwell and most will be admitted to hospital because of their illness. When whooping cough is particularly severe, it can be fatal.
Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated – ideally from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant. If for any reason you miss having the vaccine, you can still have it up until you go into labour. Your GP or mid-wife can give you more information.
Getting vaccinated while you're pregnant is highly effective in protecting your baby from developing whooping cough in the first few weeks of their life. The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby and provide protection for them until they are old enough to be routinely vaccinated against whooping cough at two months old.
Having the flu jab when you are pregnant reduces the risks of complications if you get flu during pregnancy. The 2 main risks are bronchitis and pneumonia. Studies have shown that it is safe to have the flu jab at any stage of pregnancy. Here you can find out more information about flu vaccines.
For more information on receiving the flu vaccine during pregnancy, speak to your midwife or GP, or visit the NHS flu vaccine page.
Here you can find out more information about screening and immunisations.