Protect you and your baby from the flu this winter
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If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached.
That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
If you’re pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:
it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight because of flu
it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.
Due to the pandemic, flu vaccination clinics may be held in a slightly different way this year. Flu vaccines will be released in batches, according to both availability and also the need to prioritise those most at risk. This means that flu clinics will be staggered in the months ahead.
Please have the flu jab if you are pregnant. It’s free because you need it and will help protect you, your baby and the NHS.