Bradford District and Craven mums-to-be encouraged to fight the flu with free vaccine
GPs from Bradford City, Bradford District and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are encouraging pregnant women across Bradford District and Craven to protect themselves from flu. The free flu vaccination is being offered to every mum-to-be, to protect them and their unborn baby from the illness.
Figures show that last year around half of pregnant women across Bradford District and Craven were not vaccinated against flu, despite the increased risks they face by catching the virus.
Getting immunised against flu is the best way for expectant mums to protect themselves and their babies against the virus. The jab is quick, free and safe for both mum and baby, and mums can have it at any stage of pregnancy. Newborns cannot be given the flu vaccine so expectant mums who do get immunised will ensure baby will be protected for their first few months too.
Free flu jabs are available from midwives, GPs and local pharmacies. Even those who find out they’re pregnant later in the winter flu season are still be eligible for the free vaccination.
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.
The flu vaccine only lasts for a year, so expectant mums who had their jab last year or during a previous pregnancy will need another one to protect themselves and baby. The jab doesn’t contain the ‘live’ virus so it cannot give you the flu. It normally takes up to two weeks to develop protection after having the vaccine and protection lasts all winter.