Some infectious diseases can cause serious harm to a pregnant woman and/or her unborn baby. If you are planning a pregnancy, ideally you should find out whether your vaccinations are up-to-date before you become pregnant. People who live with you and those who will have regular contact with your newborn baby may also wish to speak to their doctor about vaccination.
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People who live with you and your baby may wish to speak to their doctor about vaccination.
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It is important to discuss your health status, history of infections, vaccinations and ongoing risks with your healthcare provider when planning a pregnancy. The list of diseases below is not all inclusive. This site is also not designed to address specific concerns of travelling while pregnant. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your doctor when planning for a pregnancy.
When planning a pregnancy, you and your doctor may discuss the following diseases. Your risk of these infections will depend on personal circumstances, and may not all apply to you.
To learn more about a specific disease, click on a disease below.
^Flu vaccination is not funded for all age groups, however, it is recommended that children from the age of 6 months be vaccinated.
Frequently asked questions
- I'm planning to have a baby - which vaccinations are recommended?
Before you become pregnant, it is recommended that you are vaccinated if you don't already have immunity, against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), chickenpox, influenza (flu), whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, and in some cases pneumococcal disease. Speak to your doctor as soon as possible to find out if you need any vaccinations.
- Won't the vaccinations I received as a child cover me during a pregnancy?
Immunity against some diseases decreases as we get older, e.g. whooping cough. Also, you may not have received all your vaccines, or vaccine doses and may not be fully protected against some diseases. Speak to your doctor about your vaccination history.
- Should my partner be vaccinated before I become pregnant?
Some diseases can be passed on from adults to newborns, especially before the baby has received their own full vaccination schedule. Your partner, or any adult who will be in close contact with your newborn baby, may wish to speak to their doctor to see which vaccinations, if any, may be necessary.
- Do I need to wait to become pregnant following vaccination?
For some vaccines, there should be a gap of 4 weeks, or more, between the last vaccine dose and becoming pregnant, so it's best to plan ahead. Speak to your doctor as soon as possible if you are planning a pregnancy.
- Should I wait before falling pregnant if my other children have been recently vaccinated?
Your children should continue with the recommended schedule for their age.2 Please discuss your individual situation, and any specific concerns with your doctor.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
AUS/VAC/0050/15. Date of approval: April 2015.