Getting the whooping cough vaccination if you’re pregnant

Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant is effective in protecting your baby from getting whooping cough in the first few weeks of their life.

Whooping cough is a serious infection that causes coughing and choking, making it hard to breathe.

The vaccine also protects against:

  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • polio

When to get it

The best time to have the vaccination is from 16 weeks to 32 weeks of your pregnancy.

If you do not have it in this time, you can still have it up until you go into labour.

Find out more on the NHS website

Read the NHS website guide about whooping cough in pregnancy..