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17 December, 2010

RCM urges pregnant women to get flu jab_2

The RCM is encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated against influenza after a spate of cases in the last week where expectant mothers have become seriously ill with the virus. Posted 17 December 2010, by Sasha Wood

The RCM is encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated against influenza after a spate of cases in the last week where expectant mothers have become seriously ill with the virus.

The Department for Health (DH) has confirmed that at least 22 people have been hospitalised with swine flu and there have been 17 deaths associated with H1N1 and Influenza B so far this Winter. Four pregnant women are receiving treatment for the virus.

The DH said uptake of flu vaccines amongst pregnant women is too low despite the risks posed from contracting the virus.

Midwives should also get vaccinated to reduce the chances of exposing pregnant women to the virus, said the RCM.

All expectant mothers with flu-like symptoms should contact their GP immediately for anti-viral treatment, which significantly reduces the chances of any complications.

The DH has put out an alert on their website urging pregnant women to get the flu vaccine, pointing out that expectant mothers are four times more likely to develop serious complications from H1N1.

'Pregnant women should not panic, but we do advise them to have the vaccine and practice good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of germs,' said RCM deputy general secretary Louise Silverton.



'The evidence suggests that the triple vaccine for flu is very safe for pregnant women and there is no evidence of this type of vaccine doing any harm at all during pregnancy.'

For more information from the RCM, click here.

To read the message from the DH, click here.



 
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