Free flu vaccine for mums-to-be

Pregnant women are being urged to get the flu vaccine.
Pregnant women are being urged to get the flu vaccine.

Health experts are urging pregnant women to get their free vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating this winter.

NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group is warning that flu can cause many complications during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages, such as premature births or low birth weights. In some cases, it can lead to stillbirth or even death in the first week of life.

However, getting your free flu vaccination can help prevent difficulties and keep mother and baby safe.

Keeping fit and healthy in pregnancy is important for your baby’s growth and development, but your immune system whilst you are pregnant is naturally lower and if you catch the flu virus it can become serious very quickly.

Dr Alex Gaw Clinical Chair at NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I would urge anyone who is pregnant to get the flu vaccination as soon as possible. It is the best protection against flu.” Ask your midwife, GP or pharmacist about free flu vaccinations. Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.