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Frauen mit Kinderwunsch oder in der Schwangerschaft

Vaccinations when trying for a baby

Basically, all vaccinations recommended in the immunisation schedule should be given before pregnancy (“Prepare for pregnancy”). When you are trying for a baby or want to get pregnant in the future you should check and/or update your immunisation status particularly for the following vaccine-preventable diseases:

  • Measles-mumps-rubella: vaccination given at least 1 month before conception
  • Varicella: vaccination given at least 1 month before conception
  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis(-polio): vaccination given in accordance with the normal schedule
  • Influenza (flu)


Vaccinations during pregnancy

Generally, vaccinations with inactivated vaccines can be given during pregnancy, but it is recommended to wait until the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy as a measure of precaution.

Austria’s national immunisation schedule recommends:

  • Pertussis during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy or later (ideally weeks 27 to 36), irrespective of the interval from the last vaccination containing a pertussis component. Only combination vaccines are available (either diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis or diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio). Vaccination during pregnancy provides a high level of immunogenicity both in mother and baby and offers protection against pertussis during the baby’s first six months of age.
  • Tetanus to protect mother and baby (covered by the combination vaccines)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Covid-19
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Abrysvo – ideally from weeks 24 to 36; preferably between September and March): vaccine available from the Vienna Vaccination Service (Impfservice) from May 2024


Vaccinations during breastfeeding

Basically, most vaccinations can be given during breastfeeding. However, there is one exception: yellow fever vaccine should not be given to women who are breastfeeding.

The following vaccinations are urgently recommended for seronegative women after delivery:

  • Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination
  • Varicella vaccination