Pregnant women advised to have vaccine
Pregnant women in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are being urged to get vaccinated against flu as health professionals outlined the risk of flu for expectant mothers and their babies.
Statistics have shown that pregnant women who contract flu are five times more likely to have a stillborn baby or to lose the baby within the first week of birth, and one in 11 women who died shortly after or during childbirth was because of flu.
Gillian Smith, director of the Royal College of Midwives Scotland, said: “It is more important than ever for pregnant women to protect themselves against flu, particularly with reports that this year’s flu season could be serious.”
This year, the free flu vaccine will be offered to over 1.8 million people in Scotland.
To find out more, contact NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 or log on to www. immunisation scotland.org.uk/flu