“Should I vaccinate? Is one of the most commonly asked questions and a debate that I often try to avoid discussing in antenatal classes as it can cause quite a debate.
For anyone interested in my humble opinion I sit firmly in the VACCINATE camp. However, general vaccinating is a debate for another day.
This post is about the importance of having the flu jab in pregnancy. I have never had the flu jab despite being offered it for free on a yearly basis because I am a frontline NHS worker. My reasons are a little shallow… I have never had the flu and I don’t particularly like having injections! Feeble, I know.
However, if I was pregnant I would definitely have the jab. No question! There is good quality evidence that suggests that women that contract flu are more likely to experience complications such as bronchitis or in some cases pneumonia. Premature birth and low birth weight are also an increased possibility.
The flu vaccine is made from an inactivated virus and is therefore safe for mother and baby.
In addition, the vaccine passes to the baby, giving them increased protection following birth.
The jabs are usually given in October and November but can be given later in the winter. It is best to get your injection as soon as the vaccine becomes available usually in September (for those in the northern hemisphere – March for those in the Sothern Hemisphere like her in Australia) It can also be given at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine”
Text/Image Credit: @thehonestmidwife On Instagram
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