Midwives from across Dorset are encouraging pregnant people to get their free flu jab this winter.
As we head towards a winter with COVID-19, it’s more important than ever for people to get a flu jab and protect themselves, their friends and families, and the NHS – particularly if you are expecting a baby.
Flu is very easily spread to other people, and can make some people seriously ill. With hospitals already under pressure following rise in coronavirus cases, it’s more important than ever that people get their flu jab – particularly those in at-risk groups such as pregnant people.
“If you’re pregnant we really recommend you get your free flu jab this winter,” says Lindsey Burningham, Maternity Matron for Public Health at Dorset County Hospital. “Flu can be really awful at the best of times, but if you’re pregnant it can have a devastating effect. Getting the flu jab is an easy way of protecting you and your baby.”
Sam Dell, Lead Midwife for Antenatal Clinics and Day Assessment Unit at University Hospitals Dorset, adds “The NHS is always busy around winter, and this winter is going to be even more challenging. Protecting yourself and your baby from flu means you’re also helping to protect the NHS from getting overloaded with cases that could have been avoided.
“As always, if you are feeling unwell, or if you think there might be something wrong with your baby, please don’t hesitate to contact your midwife or call your maternity unit for advice.”
The annual flu jab is free for a number of at-risk groups, including pregnant people. To find out if you’re eligible, or to get more information on flu, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu