In pregnancy your immune system is naturally weakened so you are less able to fight infection.

We recommend vaccinations throughout pregnancy to protect the health of you and your baby. 

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

We recommend that you have the Whooping Cough vaccination from 16 to 32 weeks of pregnancy. This can be booked with your GP surgery.

Whooping Cough is a very serious infection, and young babies are most at risk. 

It’s important that you have this vaccination in each pregnancy, even if you have been vaccinated before.

If you have any questions, please talk to your midwife.

Whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy - NHS (


The flu vaccination is available from late September until March and is free for pregnant women.

The vaccination can be given at any stage of pregnancy.

We offer a drop-in flu vaccination clinic in the Antenatal Clinic on the 2nd floor of the Great Western Hospital, Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm (subject to staff and vaccination availability). Please phone our Vaccination team on 01793 696734 to check availability.

Vaccination midwives are available to answer any questions .

The flu jab in pregnancy - NHS (

Vaccinations in pregnancy - NHS (