Immunisation assessment is an extremely important aspect of healthcare during pregnancy.

Influenza vaccination in pregnancy is safe and strongly recommended in avoiding complications of influenza disease. It can be administered at any stage of pregnancy and will not only aim to protect the expectant mother from disease, but also provide protection to the infant once born.

Pertussis (whooping cough) immunisation during pregnancy is a safe and effective way to protect the mother and prevent disease of the newborn prior to administration of their own immunisations from 6 weeks of age. It is recommended that a single dose of the vaccine be administered between 28 and 32 weeks of the pregnancy.

Both Influenza and Pertussis vaccines are provided for free on the Victorian Immunisation schedule.




ABC News report: ‘Ántivaxxer’ tells of ‘nightmare’ after passing whooping cough onto baby daughter

The Lancet: Evidence of maternal pertussis vaccine effectiveness in the United Kingdom

Health Affairs (35) 2016, pages 309-316: Strategies to boost maternal immunization to achieve further gains in improved maternal and newborn health

NCIRS Fact sheet: Vaccinations during pregnancy protect expectant mothers and their babies

Monash Health immunisation resources

Patient information sheet Antenatal Influenza

Patient information sheet Antenatal Boostrix

Patient information sheet Rubella Vaccine

MVEC Resources

MVEC Pertussis

MVEC Influenza vaccine recommendations


Reviewed by: Michelle Giles (Infectious Diseases Consultant, Monash Health) and Rachael McGuire (SAEFVIC Research Nurse)
Date: January 2018
Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.
You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family’s personal health. For medical concerns, including decisions about vaccinations, medications and other treatments, you should always consult a healthcare professional.


Melbourne University

Welcome to MVEC

The Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre (MVEC) is a new web-based initiative, providing up-to-date immunisation information for healthcare professionals, parents and the public.

It is a collaboration between The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its Melbourne Children’s campus partners (Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne) and Monash Health.

MVEC aims to address common queries around vaccines and to promote the benefits of immunisation for both children and adults.