GET­TING A TOP-UP

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Many of us get a yearly flu jab, but what about boost­ers for vac­ci­na­tions we had as a child? Im­mu­ni­sa­tion to diph­the­ria and tetanus de­crease with time, so it’s ad­vis­able to get a booster shot at 45 and 65. We also lose our nat­u­ral im­mu­nity to whoop­ing cough, and ba­bies are es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble, so it’s rec­om­mended women get vac­ci­nated be­tween 28-38 weeks of preg­nancy. The an­ti­bod­ies pro­duced by the mum’s body are then passed via the pla­centa and will pro­tect ba­bies un­til they’re old

enough to be im­mu­nised.

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