Flu and Pregnant Women

If you’re pregnant, you need a flu jab now

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.Flu and pregnant women

That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:

  1. it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  2. it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of the flu
  3. it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life
I am pregnant what should I do?

It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. Talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist if you want more information.

The flu vaccine for pregnancy women video


For further information

For further information about the flu jab in pregnancy visit NHS Choice’s website