Expectant Isle mums urged to have flu jab

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Expectant mums, including many in The isle, have rolled up their sleeves and had their flu vaccination to protect them and their unborn child from the virus.

Midwives at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust are offering women the vaccine as part of their routine antenatal clinics.

Head of midwifery at the Trust, Julie Dixon, said: “It’s now easier and more convenient than ever before for pregnant women to get their flu jab. Women are being offered a vaccination during their routine appointments at the antenatal clinic, or they can make a special appointment for the jab if they wish.

“We are encouraging all pregnant ladies across the area to have their vaccination. It doesn’t matter if you are one week pregnant or just about to have your baby, the flu jab will protect you and baby from flu this winter.”

To make an appointment, call 01724 290168 for the Scunthorpe antenatal clinic or 01472 875248 for the Grimsby antenatal clinic.

The Trust says there is strong evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu. The flu jab is safe, effective and will help to protect pregnant women and their unborn child.

Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely given during any stage of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. Also studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection on to their babies. This is part of a joint drive with North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and North East Lincolnshire CCG to increase uptake of vaccinations by pregnant women.