Flu warning for pregnant city women
PREGNANT women who have yet to get a flu jab this year have been advised to do so sooner rather than later.
NHS Peterborough has warned that pregnant women are among the most “at risk” of developing serious complications from flu strains, which could lead to bronchitis and pneumonia.
The H1N1 strain of the virus in particular dangerous because it can affect unborn children too and brings with it an increased risk of premature or still birth.
Dr Andy Liggins, director of public health at NHS Peterborough, said: “Flu can cause serious illness in pregnant women and in the most severe cases can put the lives of expectant mothers and their unborn babies at risk.
“This is because during pregnancy the mother’s body and immune system is adapting to accommodate the growing baby and less able to fight off the flu virus. Flu can be prevented by having the free vaccine at your local GP surgery.”
There are four groups of people most at risk from flu - pregnant women; people with long term conditions; carers and people over 65 years.
All people in those groups qualify for free flu vaccines and are being urged to contact their local GP.