Protect yourself and protect your baby

Pregnant women who get influenza are at greater risk of developing serious complications, such as pneumonia, which may result in their hospitalisation. This applies to all types of influenza. The complications may put both mother and baby at risk.

In the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009, pregnant women were more susceptible to complications of the influenza virus than the general population. Some women who caught the disease miscarried or went into premature labour. Some babies had to be delivered by early emergency caesarean section, and some mothers died.

The flu shot is safe and FREE for pregnant women so speak to your GP today.

Being vaccinated is the best way to protect you from flu and the protection is passed on from you to your baby. The vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy.

Other things you should do

  • Take simple precautions - wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes. Encourage others to do so as well.
  • Ask sick people to keep away until they are well.
  • If you start to feel sick, call your doctor straight away. Early treatment of flu can help prevent complications.
  • Treat fever straight away. Fever can harm your unborn baby.
  • Learn more about Flu from the influenza fact sheet.

Further information

NSW Health resources

Other resources

Page Updated: Tuesday 28 June 2016