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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Jan 14 Update

Whilst the bulk of the flu vaccine campaign is now complete, can I remind you that it is still not too late to offer the vaccine to anyone for whom it is recommended.  This would particularly apply to pregnant women who have become pregnant since the main campaign and therefore would not have been offered it at that stage.  Both the mother and her unborn baby are at increased risk from flu at all stages of pregnancy therefore it is important to offer the flu vaccine to pregnant women no matter what stage of pregnancy they are at.


flu vaccinationsFlu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

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