Published: Tuesday, 1st February 2022

We are encouraging pregnant women to grab their free flu jab this winter.

The flu is a respiratory disease, which is spread commonly during winter, every year. Flu can be identified by sneezing, a runny nose, coughing, sore throat and more.

We are working with partner agencies to encourage pregnant women to get a flu jab, to protect themselves and their babies. Pregnant women are in the high-risk category for having complication from the flu virus, so they are eligible for a free flu jab.

Flu vaccinations are the best protection against the flu virus, which can spread very quickly, especially amongst children and families. Symptoms of flu can be unpleasant, severe and in some extreme cases, life threatening. 

Flu vaccinations are available at pharmacies and GP practices.

Pregnant residents are encouraged to speak to their midwives if they are unsure on the jab, or want more information. Midwives can give residents further information to reassure women that a flu vaccination will not harm a pregnancy or child. Midwifery services can also offer the flu jab for pregnant women.

It's not too late to get your jab

Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health, said: “I would encourage all residents, especially pregnant women, to have their flu jab, if they haven’t already. It’s not too late and you can book your flu jab at your GP practice or pharmacy. Having a flu jab can reduce your chances of catching it and, for pregnant women, having the jab significantly reduces the risk of you and your baby becoming unwell from the flu virus.”

Find out more about how to stay well this winter.

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