Its a well known fact that pregnant women have an increased risk of severe illness if they contract flu, compared to non-pregnant women.

In many countries this if something that held in high regards and pregnant are strongly recommended to get the flu vaccination.

Since the swine flu epidemic, the issue of flu during pregnancy has again come to the fore front of the media and it was again shown that pregnant women had a higher risk of complications.

The safely of Flu vaccine administered during pregnancy has been studied in great detail extending over decades, none of which has shown any increased risk to either mother or baby, no matter what stage of pregnancy the vaccine is administered.

There is very good evidence that the increased protection against the flu virus in the mother is passed on to her unborn child and this protection lasts for several months after birth.

The flu vaccine does not contain the live virus, only fragments. These fragments are just enough to trigger the production of antibodies by the body – these latch on to viruses and help destroy them. These do most certainly not cause someone to catch the flu.

Children older than six months can be safely vaccinated against flu. Full protection of children under 13, who have never previously received a flu jab, is achieved with two jabs four to six weeks apart, but adults need only one jab.

For more information about the UK Flu vaccinations and the high risk group then see our UK Flu Vaccination page.

If you have any worries or concerns with regards to flu vaccinations either during pregnancy or for you child please seek professional medical advice.