FLU VACCINE 2014-2015 INFORMATION FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
What is seasonal flu (influenza)?
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious viral illness of the respiratory tract that can be life threatening.
Can flu cause serious illness?
Flu is a serious illness which can cause complications in people with long term medical conditions, those aged 65 years and over and pregnant women.
Is it cold or flu?
Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. A cold is a much less severe illness than fl u. A cold usually
starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or runny nose. Symptoms of a cold are generally mild compared to flu.
What is the seasonal (annual) flu vaccine?
Each year the seasonal (annual) flu vaccine contains three common fl u virus strains. The flu
virus changes each year - this is why a new flu vaccine has to be given each year.
Why do pregnant women need to get seasonal flu vaccine?
Pregnant women should be given fl u vaccine as they are at higher risk of severe complications from flu. Flu vaccine protects women during pregnancy
and provides ongoing protection to their newborn baby during their first few months of life. The vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy
Download the leaflet below for further information.