Protect yourself and your unborn baby - get the flu jab

Pregnant women are being urged to get their flu jab as they are considered to be at higher risk of developing flu

Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing a campaign to ensure expectant mothers and their unborn babies stay ‘flu safe’ this winter.

The flu jab is completely free for pregnant women and is quick and safe.

Expectant mothers should ask their GP, midwife or pharmacist about the free flu jab.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG Chief Nurse Lisa Allen said: “Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result expectant mothers may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill as a result of flu.

“If you are pregnant you and your unborn baby may be at risk of serious complications if do you catch the flu virus. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your baby is to have the flu vaccine. It is safe for you and your baby at any stage in pregnancy, and it is available for free.”

For more information visit Stay Well This Winter.