Pregnant women urged to get the flu jab

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The uptake of the flu vaccination remains low among pregnant women in Lincolnshire despite the increased risks they face by catching the virus.

Dr Vindi Bhandal of Sleaford Medical Group, chairman of NHS South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Pregnant women are at increased risk of serious illness if they catch flu. In fact, studies have shown that pregnant women with some strains of flu are four times more likely to develop serious illness and four to five times more likely to be admitted to hospital than the general population.”

Pregnant women are urged to get a jab to minimise risk to themselves and their babies for up to a year.

Speak to your GP, midwife or local pharmacist, or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.