The Department of Health recommends that all pregnant women should be offered a flu vaccination at any stage of pregnancy. Although the risks are low, pregnant women are more likely to suffer complications of flu compared to when they are not pregnant. There are a few reasons why flu vaccination is recommended:
Having a flu vaccination when pregnant can help protect the new baby from flu in the first few months of its life.
In pregnancy, a woman's natural immunity to infection is reduced, so she is at an increased risk of becoming ill if she gets flu.
In pregnancy, the womb increases in size which reduces a woman's lung capacity. This puts her at increased risk of secondary infections such as pneumonia if she catches flu.
Any concerns should be discussed with a healthcare professional.