Vaccinations

The flu jab

It is important to have the flu vaccine if you are pregnant, to protect you and your baby. If you get flu when you are pregnant, there is a higher chance of developing complications – especially in the later stages of pregnancy. Having the flu vaccine does not carry a risk for you or your baby and you pass some protection on to your baby which lasts for the first few months of life.

The flu vaccine is free if you are pregnant and is normally available from September until around January or February each year. You can contact your midwife or GP to find out where you can get the vaccine.

More information, including common questions about getting the flu jab whilst pregnant, can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Whooping cough

Getting vaccinated against whooping cough is highly effective at protecting your baby from developing whooping cough in the first few weeks of their life. You can safely protect your baby by getting vaccinated when you are between 28-32 weeks pregnant, although you may be given the vaccine up to 38 weeks of pregnancy.

Whooping cough is a serious infection that causes long spells of coughing and choking, making it hard to breathe. Whooping cough is highly infectious and can lead to pneumonia and brain damage, particularly in young babies. Most will need treatment in hospital and there is a risk of death.

More information, including common questions and answers about getting vaccinated against whooping cough, can be found on the NHS Choices website.

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