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Pregnant women encouraged to get their flu jab

Following the recent announcement about the arrival of the covid vaccine and that it will not be given to pregnant women – Berkshire West health officials are keen to highlight, that the flu vaccine remains safe and highly recommended.

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result, flu can cause serious complications. So it’s recommended that all pregnant women have their flu vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves and their babies this winter.

Health officials have highlighted concerns that the covid vaccine messaging may lead to confusion and deter pregnant women from having their flu jab.

Debbie Simmons, Director of Nursing at Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Pregnant women remain a priority group for a free flu vaccination and making sure you’re protected is more important than ever this year – it’s safe and the best protection for you and your unborn baby. Talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist about getting it as soon as possible. Lots of measures are in place to make sure the vaccine is given in a safe environment.”

Pregnant women will not however be given the covid vaccine due to a lack of data on its safety, this is also the case for women who are breastfeeding or hoping to become pregnant within three months of getting the vaccination. Pregnant women and those breastfeeding or looking to conceive will receive the covid vaccine after they have given birth and finished breastfeeding.

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.