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Pregnant women urged to get flu jab as only 30% have jab in our region

Credit: David Cheskin/PA

The NHS is urging pregnant women across the West Country to get a flu jab this winter - protecting themselves and their unborn child.

Only 30 per cent of eligible women in our area have so far received the vaccination this season.

Figures show pregnant women have a seven times greater risk of dying from flu-related illnesses than other non-pregnant women.

30%
of eligible woman have so far received the flu jab.
7 times
Pregnant women have a seven times greater risk of dying from flu-related illnesses.

All pregnant mums should make every effort to have the flu vaccination during their pregnancy.

It’s important to recognise that significant risks exist to both mother and unborn child if they contract the flu virus.

– Dr Julie Yates, NHS England South West Consultant in Public Health

The flu vaccination is not harmful and offers the best level of protection, it is safe during any stage of pregnancy.

To get a flu jab contact:

  • GP
  • Pharmacy
  • Local maternity service