Advice for pregnant women to get flu jab

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PREGNANT women are being urged to get the flu jab and protect their babies as well as themselves.

As previously reported, the message comes from NHS England, and advises women to protect themselves, as flu during pregnancy can risk complications.

Clare Simpson, is a consultant in public health at NHS England (Wessex), which covers the Portsmouth area.

She said: ‘Pregnant women are at increased risk of developing complications from flu.

‘The vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and is safe for mother and baby.

‘So if you are pregnant and haven’t yet had your vaccine, please see your GP as soon as possible. The vaccine is available until the end of March, it’s free and will offer protection to you and your baby.’

The trust added that the vaccination is not harmful, that the vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy, and that it provides immunity against flu to the baby in the first few months of life.

To find out more, go to the NHS Choices website and search pregnancy and flu.