Influenza and Pertussis Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

Applicable to: Health professionals provding care to pregnant women in a clinical setting.

Description: The purpose of this operational directive is to advise Department of Health (DoH) staff that all pregnant women should be offered influenza vaccine and pertussis-containing vaccine (dTpa) as part of routine antenatal care.

Influenza and Pertussis Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

This operational directive applies to all public metropolitan and regional facilities where women attend for antenatal care.

The purpose of this Operational Directive is to advise Department of Health (DoH) staff that all pregnant women should be offered influenza vaccination and pertussis-containing vaccine (dTpa) as part of routine antenatal care. 

While private hospitals are not required to follow DoH Operational Directives it is strongly recommended that private hospitals follow this guidance because pregnant women are at increased risk of serious illness due to influenza.  Vaccination given during the mothers pregnancy can reduce the risk of pertussis and influenza infection among newborns.


Professor Bryant Stokes
A/DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 14 April 2015 to 03 April 2020

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