Flu Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

(Published on 30/11/2018)

Flu is an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, mouth, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs). It is a highly infectious illness which spreads rapidly in closed communities and even people with mild or no symptoms can infect others. The symptoms of flu are a fever, chills, headache, aching muscles and joint pain and fatigue. For most healthy people, flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you get better.

This illness is particularly dangerous for groups such as pregnant women whose immune system is naturally weakened during pregnancy meaning the mum-to-be may be less able to fight off infections. A pregnant woman who catches flu is more likely to need admission to hospital than a woman who isn’t pregnant. Flu can be serious for unborn and new-born babies and can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth or even death in the first weeks of life.

Pregnant women can get the free flu vaccine from their GP, or it may also be available from the pharmacist or midwife. Find out more at the link below.