DOCTORS and midwives are urging pregnant women across Dorset to join those in the region who have protected themselves and their unborn child from flu.

The NHS says it is very important that pregnant women get the flu jab and protect themselves and their baby as soon as possible.

There is strong evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu which can harm them and their unborn baby.

These risks include bronchitis, pneumonia and an increased risk of having a miscarriage, premature birth or a low birth weight. Clare Simpson, Consultant in Public Health at NHS England (Wessex) said: “Pregnant women are at increased risk of developing complications from flu.

“The vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and is safe for mother and baby. So if you are pregnant and haven’t yet had your vaccine, please see your GP. The vaccine is available until the end of March, it’s free and will offer protection to you and your baby.”

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