Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s flu warning

Pregnant women are being encouraged to get a free flu jab before the flu virus starts to circulate.

Dr. Sanhita Chakrabarti, Bedfordshire lead clinician working with women and children, said:

“I would urge anyone who is pregnant to get the flu vaccination as soon as possible.

“During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is naturally lower to ensure that the pregnancy is successful.”

Complications caused by flu includes premature births and low birth weights.

“The flu vaccination is the best protection against flu. It’s safe during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks through to the woman’s due date, and doesn’t carry any risks for mother or baby.”

Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies. This protection lasts for the first few months of their lives.

 

Flu is always changing

Dr Chakrabarti said:

“Even if you’ve had the flu vaccination before, it’s important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year, so the vaccine changes too.

“If you are towards the end of your pregnancy, you can also have the whooping cough vaccination at the same time.”

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Luton Clinical Commissioning Group advises pregnant women to ask their midwife, GP or pharmacist about a free flu vaccination.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.