Vaccinations during pregnancy

Seasonal Flu

Having flu while pregnant can have more of an impact, putting you and your developing baby at risk of complications such as stillbirth, low birth weight and early labour. The flu vaccine is the best way to help protect yourself and your baby against flu. It’s safe for your baby, and for you, at any stage of your pregnancy. It is available from October to March and it is free. It is so important for your health and your baby's health to have the flu vaccine.

For further information about the flu immunisation programme or any other immunisation programme, contact your doctor or midwife or visit the Immunisation Scotland website.

Whooping Cough

Immunisation against whooping cough is recommended as soon as possible from week 16 of your pregnancy. By having the vaccine while pregnant you will help protect your unborn baby from getting whooping cough in his or her first weeks of life. Talk to your midwife, practice nurse or GP and make an appointment to get immunised as soon as possible. 

You can find more information on the Whooping Cough vaccine on the immunisation scotland website.

Last Updated: 25 January 2018
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