Vaccination is best protection against flu during pregnancy

11 December 2017

Public Health Wales is urging pregnant women to protect themselves and their unborn babies against flu by having the free NHS vaccine.

Anne McGowan, nurse consultant at Public Health Wales, said: ‘If a pregnant woman catches flu it can cause severe complications to mother and baby; one quick, simple vaccination will help to protect the woman and will also give added protection to her baby during their first months of life.’

The message to women is that if they catch flu during pregnancy when they are more vulnerable to infection there are more likely to become very unwell – a pregnant woman who catches flu is seven times more likely to die than a non-pregnant woman with flu. The risks of delivering early, or having a baby stillborn or very ill in the first week following the birth is also greater.

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