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Flu 2019/20 - Pregnancy

Can all pregnant women have a flu vaccine?

All pregnant women will provide some maternal antibodies to protect the unborn child. A woman in any stage of their pregnancy should be offered an inactivated quadrivalent influenza vaccine. The Green Book - chapter 19 can also be referred to.

The vaccine can be provided by the GP surgery, pharmacies and in some regions the maternity services.

Can the flu vaccine be given at the same time as other vaccines in pregnancy?

Both the flu vaccine and whooping cough vaccine (normally offered after 20 weeks of pregnancy) are inactive and therefore can be given together as can anti-D immunoglobulin.

Can breast feeding women have the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine can be given to a woman who is breast feeding but this is not a clinical indication.

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Updated on 18 September 2019 218 views