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Midwives encourage flu vaccination as new figures show increase in uptake

23 September, 2015

Midwives encourage flu vaccination as new figures show increase in uptake

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Immunisation statistics published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show an increase in flu vaccination uptake in pregnant women.

Commenting on the statistics, Jacque Gerrard, Director for England at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The increase in flu vaccinations among pregnant women is a welcome one. The Government are working hard to raise awareness of the need for vaccination and the increase shows that this is bearing fruit. I hope the numbers continue to rise.

“We would strongly encourage women to have the flu vaccine as soon as they become pregnant to protect themselves and their baby from the effects of flu. I would equally encourage pregnant women to have the whooping cough vaccine also.

“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.”

The HSCIC report can be viewed at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB18472

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