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DOCTORS and midwives are encouraging pregnant women across Hampshire to protect their unborn children with a flu jab.

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result, increases the risk of a mother and unborn baby becoming seriously ill from flu.

Dr Liz Mearns, medical director in NHS England’s Southampton office, said: ‘It is important that all pregnant women protect themselves and their unborn baby by having the vaccination.

‘Flu is a serious risk to both the mother and unborn baby, and pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications from flu.’