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Protect you and your baby from Flu this winter

  Pregnant women across the country are urged to get their free flu vaccine in time for the winter

 

You would do anything to protect your unborn baby, wouldn't you? But despite the risks, many pregnant women choose not to have the flu vaccine; in the 2011/12 flu season only 27.4% of pregnant women in England had the jab.

Pregnant women with some types of flu are four times more likely to develop serious illness, and four to five times more likely to be admitted to hospital than the general population. It is especially important for these women to get the vaccination 

http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/SeasonalInfluenza/InformationForThePublic/influsw15vaccinationandpregnancyFAQ/


Getting vaccinated against flu is the best way to protect yourself and your baby from the virus, and make sure you stay flu safe all winter.  If you're pregnant the flu jab is quick, safe and completely free - just ask your midwife or GP and make an appointment.  It is safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine does not carry risks for the mother or baby and it can also protect your baby for the first few months after birth.


 

Media contact:

NHS North of England media team, telephone 07824 463578 or e-mail Sophia.parvez@northwest.nhs.uk