There are two vaccinations that are strongly recommended to have during pregnancy, to protect your baby as well as yourself. It's important that you read this information so that you can make a fully informed decision about having these vaccines.

Flu vaccination in pregnancy poster

Flu (influenza)

Flu is a serious illness. It is not the same as a cold or other viral infection, and can lead to complications for mothers and babies. Flu is more dangerous when you are pregnant, as your immune system is weaker, and there can also be risks to your baby. The flu vaccine is the most effective way of protecting your baby and yourself.

It is important to read the information around the flu vaccine before the midwife talks with you about your decision.

You can read more on the Flu Jab - NHS website


Whooping cough

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a serious respiratory illness that can affect people of all ages but is generally worse for newborn babies. In 2010 we found there had been an increase in the number of affected newborn babies, and deaths caused by whooping cough. The whooping cough vaccine was then introduced for pregnant women in October 2012, as a baby can only the whooping cough vaccines at around 8 weeks old. Having the vaccine while pregnant protects your baby until they have their own vaccination.

Whooping cough vaccines can be given safely from 16 weeks pregnant and ideally before 32 weeks.  However, it can still be given later if missed.

It is really important to read the whooping cough vaccination information before your midwife talks with you about your decision. You can read more on the Whooping cough - NHS website

If you choose to have your antenatal care at ELHT, both of these vaccinations will be recommended and offered to you.