Flu and pertussis vaccination in pregnancy low risk: GP data

Safety surveillance suggests few problems are reported, even with concomitant administration

Pregnant women who receive flu or pertussis vaccines are at low risk of adverse events, according to three years of data from the surveillance program SmartVax.

Uptake of seasonal influenza vaccine and dTpa among pregnant women is "suboptimal" despite funding through National Immunisation Program (NIP), Australian researchers say.

“Women who choose not to be vaccinated during pregnancy often cite concerns about vaccine safety for themselves or their baby,” they write in the journal Vaccine.