There are 3 vaccines recommended during pregnancy:
• Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine
• Flu vaccine
• Covid-19 Vaccine Vaccinations
Getting these vaccines means you’ll be immune to the flu and whooping coughing and have protection against Covid-19.
The immunity developed by a mother after vaccination during pregnancy is passed on to her baby in the womb. This immunity will help protect the baby during the first few months of life.
The flu vaccine is inactive and can be given safely at any time during pregnancy. A pregnant woman who gets the flu is at risk for serious respiratory illness and complications. Getting flu in pregnancy can also so lead to premature birth and smaller babies. Flu vaccination during pregnancy provides immunity against influenza infection to babies in the first 6 months of life.
Whooping Cough Vaccine
Women should get whooping cough vaccine during each pregnancy. Pregnant women’s immunity to whooping cough wanes during pregnancy and is unlikely to protect the baby. Therefore, she should get vaccinated between 16 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. This is considered to be the best time in pregnancy to provide protection for the baby during the first few months of life.
Covid 19 Vaccine
The evidence shows that vaccination is the best way to protect both mother and baby from serious harm from COVID-19
Pregnant women can be given an mRNA COVID-19 vaccination at any stage of pregnancy.
Your maternity hospital or GP will arrange your COVID-19 vaccine for you if you are pregnant.
Other vaccines, including pertussis and influenza vaccine may be given on the same day.
If you have any questions or concern’s please talk to your Midwife or Doctor.