Mums-to-be often have a lot to deal with – such as aches and pains, fatigue and morning sickness. Don’t add flu to the list!
Pregnant women are more vulnerable to catching flu and could also experience more serious complications. That’s why expectant mums in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being encouraged to get their free flu vaccine.
Dr Lorna Clarson, local GP and clinical chair at Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Being pregnant can be a really confusing time – with lots of information about what you should and shouldn’t put in your body. But, it’s really important that pregnant women have the flu vaccine.
“Flu can be really serious for both you and your baby. The flu vaccine is safe and can be given at any stage of pregnancy – from conception until delivery.
“It will protect you and your baby from not only the risks of flu but the risk of serious complications.”
These risks include:
- pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
- miscarriage or having a baby born too soon or with a low birth weight.
The flu vaccine will help your baby continue to have some immunity against the flu for several months after being born and will reduce the chance of you passing the flu onto your baby.
Even if you’ve had the flu vaccination before, it’s important to get it each year because the vaccine is made specifically to target the type of virus in circulation each year. If you are nearer the end of your pregnancy, you can also have the whooping cough vaccination at the same time.
You can get vaccinated at your GP surgery, through your midwives or at your local pharmacy.
For more information about the flu jab, visit the NHS website.
To find your local pharmacy, visit: https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/