Vaccinations during pregnancy:
There is evidence to suggest that pregnant women have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. The flu vaccine is normally available from September until around January or February each year. It is free for pregnant women.
As a pregnant lady you're eligible for the vaccine, so try to have it as soon as possible in flu season so that you'll be protected by the time the flu viruses are circulating in the winter.
The flu jab will protect both you and your baby.
Whooping cough (Pertussis) vaccine
Getting vaccinated while you’re pregnant is highly effective in protecting your baby from developing whooping cough in the first few weeks of their life.
The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta and provide passive protection for them until they are old enough to be routinely vaccinated against whooping cough at two months old.
The best time to get vaccinated to protect your baby is from 20 weeks, after you've had your scan, up to 32 weeks of pregnancy.
Please book an appointment with the Practice Nurse for your Flu jab and Whooping Cough vaccines.
COVID vaccines – whilst these vaccines are not currently recommended for pregnant patients, if you feel you are at a higher risk due to an existing medication condition or diagnosis if you get the COVID infection, then please speak to a GP so you can make an informed choice.