Mothers-to-be urged to take flu vaccination

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PREGNANT women are being urged to take their flu vaccination to protect their unborn child.

During the 2011/12 flu season approximately 2,500 pregnant women registered with a GP practice in Calderdale. Figures showed that just 27 per cent of mums-to-be in had the flu jab.

Dr Graham Wardman, director of public health for Calderdale NHS, said: “Flu can cause serious illness in pregnant women and in the most severe cases can put the lives of expectant mums and their unborn babies at risk. This is because the woman’s body and immune system is adapting to accommodate the growing baby and is therefore less able to fight off the flu virus,” he said.

 

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