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Vaccinations for pregnant women

To protect themselves and their unborn baby, women are invited to receive additional vaccinations during pregnancy.

These vaccines are safe for pregnant women and will support your health and wellbeing – and the health and wellbeing of your child – while you are pregnant.

If you have any questions about vaccinations during pregnancy, please contact your community midwife.

 

Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine

To help protect newborn infants from whooping cough until they are old enough to receive routine immunisations at eight weeks, all expectant mothers are offered pertussis vaccination from week 16 of their pregnancy. 

Pregnant women usually receive their pertussis vaccine at their GP surgery as part of their health checks during pregnancy. 

If you have any questions about your flu vaccine, please contact your community midwife.

 

Seasonal flu vaccine

Pregnant women are eligible for a free NHS seasonal flu vaccine. This vaccine helps to protect you from flu and common infections linked to flu during your baby's development, and also protects other vulnerable members of your family and wider community.

Pregnant women usually receive their flu vaccine at their GP surgery as part of their health checks during pregnancy. You will normally be invited to attend an appointment at your surgery.

Pregnant women can have the free flu vaccination at any stage of their pregnancy. Please make sure you protect yourself by getting your flu vaccine as early as possible.

If you have any questions about your flu vaccine, please contact your community midwife.

 

Vaccinations for work

Many workplaces ask employees to make sure they are fully up to date with routine vaccinations to reduce the risk of illness or disease.  

Some employers ask workers to have additional vaccinations to increase their protection. Some higher-risk job roles may require further vaccinations.

Advice on which vaccinations are recommended for your job role is available from your employer or occupational health department.

 

Other vaccinations

People with a range of underlying health conditions or who are exposed to greater risk of illness may require additional vaccinations, or additional doses of some vaccinations, to protect them from becoming unwell. 

Guidance and support for people with these underlying conditions or additional risk factors is available on a case by case basis from your GP surgery or specialist team.