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Immunisation and pregnancy

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If you are planning to become pregnant it is advisable to speak to your doctor to check that you have protection against certain diseases. Some diseases can cause serious illness in pregnant women, the unborn child or the newborn baby. Immunisation before, during or after pregnancy can protect against such diseases.

To find out more:

 South Australian Health Department fact sheets:

What diseases can you be protected from?

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

Immunisations during pregnancy

During pregnancy it is recommended that you get immunised against influenza and whooping cough unless you have already been recently immunised against them. It is safe to be immunised against these infections during pregnancy. For more information have a look at the topic Immunisations for whooping cough and flu during pregnancy

Where can you get more information?

  • See your doctor or local immunisation provider for further information on immunisation and vaccines
  • Speak to your midwife
  • In South Australia contact the Immunisation Section, Department of Health, Communicable Disease Control Branch Telephone: 1300 232 272
  • Parent Helpline (South Australia) 1300 364 100


The NHMRC Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, Updated 2017 

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.


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