We are now very close to Flu season and stocks of Flu vaccine are readily available via your GP. All pregnant women are advised to have the Flu vaccine at this time of year – this is essentially for your own protection as Influenza during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening.
Flu vaccine does not cause the flu! The most common side effect is mild pain, swelling and redness at the site of the injection which is short lived. So please arrange your vaccine via your GP.
Whooping cough is being seen increasingly in our community. Recent studies have found that the vaccine is safe and effective during pregnancy and is now recommended from 30-32 weeks of pregnancy onwards.
The vaccine should be given in every pregnancy, even if it has been given previously. The antibodies produced by the mother will be passed on to the baby during pregnancy giving the baby some protection until their first vaccination at 6 weeks. Timing of vaccination at about 32 weeks gestation ensures that the antibody levels transferred to your baby are high.
Currently vaccinations can be sourced from your GP or council run vaccination services.
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