Flu or Influenza vaccine
Why should I have the flu vaccine during pregnancy?
The flu vaccine will help prevent you from getting the flu which during pregnancy could increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage/stillbirth and birth defects. When you are pregnant there is also a greater risk of complications from flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
Is the flu vaccine safe in pregnancy?
Yes. Studies have shown that it’s safe to have the flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy, from the first few weeks up to your expected due date.
Can I have the flu jab at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine?
Yes, you can have your flu jab at the same time as the whooping cough vaccine. However, you are at risk of severe illness from the flu at any stage of your pregnancy. So don’t delay your flu jab just so you can have them both at the same time.