Resources for Pregnant Women

The following information on maternal vaccination is useful to women at all stages of motherhood. Whether you are thinking about having a baby, you are currently pregnant, or you just had a child, vaccination is an important consideration. Additionally, ob-gyns, midwives, and other healthcare professionals can use these materials and others to increase awareness of maternal vaccines and start new conversations with their patients.

Fact Sheets

Fact sheet: Pregnancy and Vaccination

Pregnancy and Vaccination

This 8.5″ x 11″ fact sheet covers the basics of maternal vaccination: which vaccines are recommend, when to get them, and why they’re important. Whether you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or just had a baby, there are vaccines you may need to protect yourself and your baby.

Fact sheet: You Can Start Protecting Your Baby from Whooping Cough before Birth

You Can Start Protecting Your Baby from Whooping Cough before Birth
This 8.5″ x 11″ fact sheet explains that when pregnant women get the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine during their third trimester, they will pass antibodies to their babies before birth. This allows babies to be born with protection against whooping cough.

Fact sheet: Pregnancy? You Need a Flu Shot!

Pregnant? You Need a Flu Shot!
The flu is a serious illness, especially when you are pregnant. This fact sheet talks about why getting vaccinated during your pregnancy is the best protection for you and your baby, and why you should get the flu shot during flu season. This fact sheet also answers other frequently asked questions about the flu shot and pregnancy.


Pregnancy quiz

Vaccines for Pregnant Women Quiz
Vaccines are recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, travel, and other factors. Take the Quiz!

Adult Vaccine Quiz

Adults need vaccines too!
Answer a few questions to find out which vaccines you may need. Take your customized printout to your next medical appointment.

Useful List

Vaccines & Pregnancy: Top 7 Things You Need to Know

Vaccines and Pregnancy: Top 7 Things You Need to Know
Illustrated list explaining information pregnant women should know about vaccines and how they contribute to protecting mom and baby.


Video: The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine; illustration of mother holding infant

The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccine
Learn about the journey of a childhood vaccine’s development, from lab testing through safety monitoring. This video explains the three phases of clinical trials, vaccine licensing and manufacturing, how a vaccine is added to the U.S. recommended immunization schedule, and how FDA and CDC continue to monitor vaccine safety after the public begins using the vaccine.

Healthy Pregnancy Tips

Healthy Pregnancy Tips
Vaccination is one pregnancy milestone among many. Find out how flu and whooping cough vaccines fit into the journey of motherhood.

Protection from Whooping Cough

Protection from Whooping Cough
Learn why Laura decided to get the whooping cough vaccine in her 3rd trimester and how her baby girl was born with some protection against the disease.

Page last reviewed: August 10, 2016