Vaccinations during pregnancy

Vaccinations during pregnancy

Are you pregnant?

Did you know you are entitled to the free Pertussis (Whooping cough) vaccination during pregnancy?

Pertussis (Whooping cough)

Pertussis (Whooping cough) is a bacterial infection of the lungs and breathing tubes which can spread easily and cause serious complications.

With a decline in the uptake of Pertussis (Whooping cough) vaccinations in recent years, cases of Whooping cough have been rising across England, with a total number of 2,793 cases between January to March 2024. Sadly, there have also been five infant deaths throughout this time.*

By accepting your free Pertussis (Whooping cough) vaccination whilst pregnant, you will in turn provide a high level of protection against severe disease to your newborn baby who is vulnerable to the infection.

For more information about whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy, please visit the NHS website:

Receive your vaccinations at Bedfordshire Hospitals

Bedford Hospital

Please drop in to any of the below clinics on the first floor of the Maternity Unit in Cygnet Wing:

  • Monday, 9am to 1pm
  • Tuesday, 2pm to 4:30pm
  • Thursday, 9am to 4:30pm

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Please drop in to any of the below clinics in the Antenatal Clinic:

  • Tuesday, 8:30am to 4pm
  • Wednesday, 1:30pm to 4pm
  • Thursday, 8:30amam to 4pm