Immunisation during pregnancy has the benefit of protecting mum, unborn baby AND it continues to offer protection once baby is born. It is recommended that all pregnant women receive influenza and whooping cough immunisation during each pregnancy. Whooping cough and influenza vaccines are free for pregnant mums across the country and for kids 6 month and older in most states.
The Immunisation Coalition are offering a FREE immunisation day in Melbourne for anyone aged over 18. Details below.
Influenza is a viral disease that is highly contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing. Yearly immunisation is recommended in high risk groups to protect against influenza and to reduce the symptoms in those who get the flu.
Flu vaccine has been shown to be safe at all stages of pregnancy. During pregnancy the influenza immunisation will protect mum and baby who are both at high risk of serious effects from the influenza virus.
What are the risks of influenza?
- Potentially serious complications of influenza include premature birth, miscarriage, stillbirth pneumonia, organ failure and potenitally death.
- Among those at the highest risk of influenza complications are children aged under 5 years old and pregnant women.
- The influenza virus is mutating. Therefore the vaccine composition will be determined for every new season. The protection from the vaccine wanes over time, you need an annual update for your immune system to produce antibodies
Some influenza vaccine myths
- MYTH: You can get the influenza from the influenza vaccine
- FACT: You CANNOT get the influenza from the influenza vaccine. See the video below, which explains that there is NO LIVE influenza virus in the vaccine.
- MYTH: Influenza vaccine is not safe in pregnancy
- FACT: Safety of influenza vaccine in pregnancy – the influenza vaccine is safe in ALL stages of pregnancy.
- MYTH: Influenza is a mild condition
- FACT: Pregnant women and young children have an increased risk of influenza-related complications… Influenza is a potential deadly disease for mum and baby. Influenza Vaccination gives you threefold protection:
*protects you during pregnancy and in the early months of motherhood
*protects the young infant by transplacental antibodies
* protects the young infant by antibodies in breast milk.”
Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection. The bacteria attach to the airways and release toxins which can result in airway swelling and damage. The cough with whooping cough generally has a whoop sounds when the person breathes in.
What are the risks of whooping cough?
Whooping cough is generally mild in adults, however in children it can lead to pneumonia, seizures, encephalopathy and the death of the baby
All about the whooping cough immunisation
- Whooping cough immunisation is FREE in pregnancy and should ideally be given at week 28.
- Can cause a fever (20% of patients) and reactions at the injection site (10% of patients)
- Pregnant women have no increased risk of stillbirth, pre-eclampsia, foetal distress, low birth weight or neonatal renal failure with the whooping cough immunisation.
- Effectiveness reduces with time. It is important to be vaccinated with each pregnancy.
If you have the flu or whooping cough
STAY AWAY from children and pregnant women.
Benefits of whooping cough and influenza immunisation in pregnancy
- Protects during pregnancy and in the early months of motherhood
- Protects the baby by transferring antibodies across the placenta
- Protects the young infant by transferring antibodies through the breast milk
- Protect mum and baby with one immunisation
I’m pregnant, what should I do
- Discuss influenza and whooping Cough vaccination with your GP, midwife or obstetrician.
- Both vaccines are nationally approved, safe for mum and baby and free of charge under the National Immunisation Program
Who should be immunised?
- All family (including siblings), friends and carers of young children
- High risk group for influenza
- Whooping cough immunisation recommendations
Come to the FREE vaccination day in Melbourne
- For anyone 18 years and older
- Book in advance – registrations will open 4 weeks in advance
Friday, 10th May 2019 at Melbourne Townhall
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