Flu vaccination and pregnancy – Free flu shots for pregnant women. Booster two

(slow music) – Only around a third of pregnant women receive influenza immunisation. That means two-thirds
are extremely vulnerable to serious illness themselves,
not be mention their babies. The World Health Organisation
and an Australian expert group recommend that pregnant
women are a high priority for influenza immunisation. – Pregnant women who have influenza are five times more
likely to end up in ICU than non-pregnant women. Influenza infection during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, and even death in newborns
and very young babies. We now all understand how important it is to immunise pregnant women against pertussis, which is great. But influenza is also very serious for pregnant women and their babies, and causes even more
hospitalizations and deaths. Influenza immunisation
in pregnancy is safe. And it offers young babies
over 60% protection. It’s best given before
the flu season starts. But you can immunise pregnant
women against influenza later in the year and later in pregnancy and it will still give some protection. The most important thing
is to offer the vaccine during pregnancy to any mum
who hasn’t been immunised. Pregnant women are
significantly more likely to accept influenza immunisation
if their obstetrician, GP, or midwife recommends it. Influenza immunisation
should be a routine part of antenatal care.

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