There are two vaccinations that are highly recommended in pregnancy Flu vaccine and Whooping cough. The flu vaccine is developed each year and usually effective in treating two of the flu virus’s expected to be prevalent in the Australian winter that year. It is for this reason that a flu vaccine is recommended every year. Pregnant women are considered one of the high risk groups and for this reason it is offered as a free vaccine with your GP. It may also be offered in some work places for free. Pregnant women are more susceptible to infection and can develop pneumonia and dangerous infections needing hospitalization , especially if the flu is contracted in the second and third trimester. The flu vaccine can be given at anytime in the pregnancy.
Whooping cough is a child hood illness that in recent years has become more prevalent. Whooping cough in adults in general is not a serious illness and can be easily treated with oral antibiotics. In newborn babies and infants it can be life threatening. The virus can cause the airway to close and resuscitation can be very difficult. Whooping Cough immunisation is now recommended by The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with each pregnancy & can be safely given in the third trimester & ideally between 28 and 32 weeks. It is a free vaccine for pregnant women available from the GP.