Influenza and Pregnancy

Vaccination during pregnancy is vital for the health of the mother and the child.

Immunisation Coalition


“Vaccinating Pregnant Women against influenza gives a 3 for 1 benefit:

  • protects the woman during pregnancy and in the early months of motherhood
  • protects the young infant by trans-placental antibodies
  • protects the young infant by antibodies in breast milk.”

Elizabeth McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Melbourne, Perinatal Center, Mercy Hospital for Women.

Page Published: 26 March 2018 | Page Updated: 10 July 2020