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‘Midwives recommend pregnant women have the flu vaccine’

15 October, 2015

‘Midwives recommend pregnant women have the flu vaccine’

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Public health England and NHS England today launched their largest flu vaccination programme to date. Todays launch marks the start of the NHS ‘Stay well this winter’ campaign. 

As in previous years, the adult flu vaccine will also be offered for free to pregnant women and those who are at particular risk of infection.

 

Louise Silverton, Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), says; “We strongly recommend that pregnant women have the flu vaccination during the flu season (autumn and winter) to protect themselves and their baby from the effects of flu. We also urge midwives and other health professionals to have the vaccination to protect themselves, their family and the people they care for from the infection also”.

“RCM equally encourages pregnant women to have the whooping cough vaccine where possible and if any pregnant woman is unsure about either of these vaccines, I would urge them to speak to their midwife or doctor to discuss the issue.”

More details of the NHS campaign ‘Stay Well This Winter’ can be found here;

http://www.nhsstaywell.org/news/new-nhs-campaign-to-help-people-stay-well-this-winter/

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