What is the advice if I am a healthcare worker and pregnant?
If you’re a healthcare worker and you’re pregnant, you’re going to have to talk to your workplace about the situation. You’re probably more at risk of infection when you’re pregnant. The key is that you’re immunised against influenza. That’s not going to help you against coronavirus, but every pregnant woman must be immunised against influenza regardless of the time of year, regardless of whether the latest vaccine is present because influenza is much worse news for your baby than what we know about this coronavirus. So that’s the first thing, and to make sure everything else is up to date and you’re as fit as you can be. And then you’re probably just going to have to be even more careful when you’re dealing with patients than the average washing your hands, masking, and so on. And talk to the other people on your team about whether you pull back a little bit from patient care. I don’t know what the right answer here is. I suspect other people don’t, either, but the risk to your baby is probably fairly low.
Last Reviewed: 23/03/2020
Should I get the flu vaccine?
Everyone should be immunised against influenza this season when the vaccine becomes available, but pregnant women should be immunised at any time.
In 2020, all Australians should get a flu vaccine as early as possible, as the COVID-19 pandemic converges on our flu season.
What if I test positive for coronavirus while pregnant?
If you test positive for COVID-19 while you're pregnant, you will need to be quarantined.
There are treatments to help you feel better when you have flu. Which ones are right for you will depend on your symptoms and whether you are at increased risk of severe disease and complications.
Whether you are thinking about having a baby for the first time or have been pregnant before, with a little planning you can give yourself the best chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.