Vaccinations in pregnancy
Whooping cough vaccination is offered from sixteen weeks of pregnancy. All pregnant women are advised to have the whooping cough vaccine in each pregnancy. This is to allow for the protection of your new born baby. The protection will pass through the placenta and protect your baby before the routine immunisation program starts at eight weeks. For further information, see this leaflet.
All pregnant women are advised to have the Flu vaccine if pregnant at any stage between October and March. Flu can be more serious in pregnancy because the mothers immune system is naturally weakened to support a successful pregnancy so you may be less able to fight off infections. Speak to you midwife as to where you can get you Flu vaccination.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as people of the same age or risk group. In the USA, around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated mainly with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and no safety concerns have been identified.
Evidence on COVID-19 vaccines is being continuously reviewed by the World Health Organization and the regulatory bodies in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age who are coming for their first dose.
Anyone who has already started vaccination and is offered a second dose whilst pregnant, should have a second dose with the same vaccine unless they had a serious side effect after the first dose.
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