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Department of Health clears up confusion over flu jabs in pregnancy

Flu jab available all mums-to-be after medical staff accused of giving mixed messages

Posted: 20 December 2010
by Kimberley Smith
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There have already been several serious cases of flu this year involving mums-to-be

After confusion over the safety and necessity of giving pregnant women a winter flu jab, doctors are advising all mums-to-be to have the vaccination.

Mums-to-be are four time more likely to be admitted to hospital with flu but the flu jab can protect against all three of the most common strains. Despite this, many mums have been complaining that they have received mixed messages from their GPs or even been  refused the vaccination.

After several serious high profile flu cases, Professor David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation at the Department of Health, has said: “All pregnant women should be offered this year’s seasonal flu vaccine which protects against the dominant strains of flu including swine flu.”

If you’re a mum-to-be, you can book an appointment to have your seasonal flu jab at your local GP surgery.

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