Vaccinations in pregnancy

Our Hillingdon Maternity Vaccination Hub offers the following vaccinations: 

  • Whooping Cough  
  • Flu  
  • Covid-19

If you would like to have your vaccination or would like to discuss them further with a member of the nursing team, please drop into the Vaccination Hub.  

Hillingdon Maternity Vaccination Hub  
Drop-in clinic:
Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
Find us: The hub is located just inside the Maternity Department main entrance doors on the ground floor

Other vaccinations

Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination

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

The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta and provide passive protection for them until they are old enough to be routinely vaccinated against whooping cough at two months old.

You can get the vaccine at your GP surgery or health centre. For further information please follow the link:

Flu vaccination

The flu jab will protect both you and your baby. There is good evidence that pregnant women have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. For further information please follow the link:


Folic acid

We advise all pregnant women to take folic acid tablets for the first twelve weeks of their pregnancy. For most women the dose is 400micrograms (0.4mg a day). If your risk of having a child with a spinal cord problem is increased then the dose is higher, (5mg a day – you will need a prescription for a higher dose). If you think you are at risk, speak to your doctor or midwife.

Zika virus

Zika virus prevention

For guidance on sexual transmission and methods of prevention, please click here.