Infographic. Vaccination for women who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding
Recommendations for vaccination for women who are planning pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding
Planning pregnancy – make sure women who are planning pregnancy are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.
- Check immunisation history and give any missed vaccines. If uncertain history of vaccination or disease, check serology for these diseases and vaccinate if needed: hepatitis B, measles, varicella (if the person has not had an age-appropriate vaccine course), rubella.
- Give seasonal influenza vaccine if available and if not already given this year.
- Give extra vaccines, such as pneumococcal or meningococcal vaccines, to those medically at risk.
- Avoid pregnancy within 28 days of receiving a live vaccine.
During pregnancy – recommended vaccinations during pregnancy protect both the mother and the baby.
- Give seasonal influenza vaccine at any time during influenza season, if not already received.
- Give pertussis-containing vaccine early in the 3rd trimester (ideally 20–32 weeks).
- Give non-live vaccines only if needed and if the benefits outweigh the risks.
- Do not give live vaccines. If inadvertently given, seek expert advice.
Breastfeeding – breastfeeding women can safely receive most vaccines.
- Give seasonal influenza vaccine if not already given this year.
- Give other vaccines as needed.
- Give yellow fever vaccine only if needed, and if the benefits outweigh the risks.
See the Australian Immunisation Handbook for more details.
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