Exit Accessibility View

News

06 November 2017

Protect your unborn baby this winter with a free flu jab

Flu can make otherwise healthy people feel very poorly and I would urge any lady who is pregnant to get the flu vaccination as soon as possible

Dr Lindsay Kinlin, GP at the Avenue Surgery in Warminster

If you are pregnant, you are being encouraged by the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group to get the free flu vaccination this winter
The immune system is naturally lower during pregnancy, so if you were to catch the flu it could become serious very quickly.

Flu can cause many complications during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages and in some cases it can lead to still birth or death in the first week of life.

Dr Lindsay Kinlin, GP at the Avenue Surgery in Warminster said, "Flu can make otherwise healthy people feel very poorly and I would urge any lady who is pregnant to get the flu vaccination as soon as possible. During pregnancy a women's immune system is naturally lower to ensure that the pregnancy is successful. As a result, pregnant women are less able to fight off infections and therefore more likely to be seriously ill if they contract the flu virus."

The flu vaccination is the best protection against flu. It is recommended during any stage in pregnancy, from the first few weeks through to the due date. Keeping fit and healthy in pregnancy is important for your baby's growth and development.

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

Dr Kinlin, added, "Even if you have had the flu vaccination in previous years it is important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year, so the vaccine changes too."
If you are pregnant, you are eligible for the flu vaccination free of charge. It's free because you need it.

Ask your midwife or GP about the flu vaccination now. You can book an appointment at your GP practice or visit your local pharmacy.

Last updated: 6 November 2017 | Last reviewed: 6 November 2017

Share this article

Latest Tweets

5 HOURS AGO

A couple of stray goats have been found wandering around #Rudloe. They have been moved to safety while we trace an… https://t.co/UEsE2GeNj2

22 Nov 2017 17:16

7 HOURS AGO

Get in shape for less this Black Friday at Wiltshire leisure centres https://t.co/4TUFVBcoV7 https://t.co/u6bn1w4XPI

22 Nov 2017 15:17

12 HOURS AGO

Local people and organisations got together in #Salisbury last month to ensure the city is prepared should there be… https://t.co/pkIrSdx2wy

22 Nov 2017 10:30

1 DAY AGO

Packed meting for talks on the Maltings redevelopment in #Salisbury this evening #ourday https://t.co/fUusczDgBT

21 Nov 2017 21:16