Vaccinations in pregnancy
The influenza (flu) and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines are recommended for all pregnant women.
The influenza vaccine is also recommended for women planning a pregnancy. It is free to pregnant women at any time of their pregnancy and available through their GP. For more information on the vaccine, please read our vaccinations web page.
The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is recommended from 28 weeks of each pregnancy and is also free through your GP.
The optimal time for the pertussis vaccination is between 28 and 32 weeks.
For any pregnancy where vaccination in the third trimester does not occur, vaccination as soon as possible after the baby is born is recommended.