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Pregnant? You can have a free flu jab from the NHS

 

Naturally, you want to do everything you can to protect your health and the health of your baby.

This is why all pregnant women are eligible for a free flu jab, from the NHS – it is recommended whatever stage of pregnancy you are at.

 

Ask your GP or midwife or for advice.

 

It’s safe

 

Studies have shown that it's safe to have the flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date. Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives. It's also safe for women who are breastfeeding to have the vaccine.

 

But what if you don’t have the jab?

 

This is what the Royal College of Midwives says: “It’s vital that more pregnant women come forward for the vaccine.

 

During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system naturally weakens to ensure that the pregnancy is successful and leaves her less able to fight off infections. That means if a woman catches the flu while pregnant she has a higher chance of getting bronchitis or pneumonia.

 

Pregnant women with flu are also at a greater risk of having a miscarriage, giving birth early or having a baby with a low birthweight. Between 2009 and 2012, 36 pregnant women died from flu in the UK and Ireland, accounting for one in 11 of all maternal deaths during this period.

Studies have shown that the flu vaccine is both safe and effective. Pregnant women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.  

 

Flu is a highly infectious disease, which can be very serious during pregnancy for both mums-to-be and their babies.

 

We are urging all pregnant women to have the vaccine as soon as possible so they’re protected from flu viruses circulating this winter.

 

So please ask your midwife or GP, and you can read more here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/flu-jab-vaccine-pregnant/

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