Preg­nant women ad­vised to have vac­cine

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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 scot­

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