Having the flu vaccine during pregnancy is safe for the mother and the developing baby
16 Jul 2018
Influenza is a serious illness. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to protect themselves and their baby by getting the seasonal influenza vaccine. Having the flu vaccine during pregnancy is safe for the mother and the developing baby. The vaccine is free in Australia for pregnant women.
Based on research from previous influenza pandemic events and from some intense influenza seasons, pregnant women are considered at greater risk of contracting influenza. In Australia the highest risk time for influenza is the winter months.
For more information about immunisation and pregnancy, have a look at the SA Health pamphlet 'Immunisations during pregnancy'.
There is more information from the SA Health Immunisation section
Flu vaccine and pregnancy frequently asked questions