Date published: 
25 June 2018
Type: 
News
Intended audience: 
General public

Vaccination is the best way for pregnant women to protect themselves and their babies from whooping cough and influenza.

The antibodies produced by the vaccine protect pregnant women and also pass to the baby, protecting them in their first months of life when they are most vulnerable. That’s why it’s important for pregnant women to get vaccinated against both whooping cough and influenza in every pregnancy.

Pregnant women can now get both the whooping cough vaccine and influenza vaccine at no cost through the National Immunisation Program.

If you’re pregnant, talk to your doctor, specialist, nurse or midwife about having your vaccination.  

Find out more about whooping cough and influenza immunisation:

Download the Protect yourself and your baby poster to help promote vaccination in pregnancy, and find out more on immunisation for pregnancy.