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Vaccination Schemes - Pregnant Women

Vaccination Schemes - Pregnant Women

Protect yourself. Protect your baby. Get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases recommends pregnant women to be the top priority group to receive seasonal influenza vaccination so as to protect them from seasonal influenza and its complications. Vaccination is effective and safe to pregnant woman and her baby.

Influenza vaccination in pregnant women has shown benefits for both mother and child in terms of reduced acute respiratory infections. The World Health Organization considers inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine is safe in pregnancy and there is no evidence showing such vaccine can cause abnormality in foetus even if given during the first trimester. However, pregnant women should NOT receive live attenuated influenza vaccine because it contains live viruses. Pregnant women should consult obstetrics and gynaecology doctors for any queries.

To encourage pregnant women to receive seasonal influenza vaccination, the Government will provide free or subsidised seasonal influenza vaccination to the following eligible persons:

The Following Hong Kong Residents Available Scheme / Programme Details of Service Provider Government Subsidy / Free
All pregnant women Vaccination Subsidy Scheme Enrolled Private Doctors Government Subsidy HK$240 per dose
Pregnant women -
  • receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance; or
  • holding valid Certificate for Waiver of Medical Charges issued by the Social Welfare Department
Government Vaccination Programme

Department of Health: Maternal and Child Health Centres (for existing clients)

Hospital Authority: Antenatal Clinics (for follow-up patients)


In Hong Kong, influenza is usually more common in periods from January to March/April and from July to August. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body. Get vaccinated early to ensure protection.


Programme Management and Vaccination Division
Tel: 2125 2125
Fax: 2713 9576
E-mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-17:30 hours. No service on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.

Hospital Authority (Government Vaccination Programme)
Hotline: 2300 6555
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 08:45-17:45 hours. No service on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday.