Pregnant women

Flu can be very serious in pregnancy. If you are pregnant, you should have a flu vaccine to help protect you and your unborn child. Flu vaccine is safe during all stages of pregnancy.

If a pregnant women gets flu, her baby is more likely to be born early, with a low birth weight, or be stillborn or die within their first week. The vaccine also helps protect the baby in the first 4-6 months of life when flu can be very serious.

You should have the flu vaccine as soon as you know you are pregnant (if the vaccine is available); you can have it at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine, but don't delay your flu vaccine simply so you can have both at the same time.

Pregnant women can get their flu vaccine at their general practice, or via a community pharmacy. In some areas midwives give flu vaccines.