Public Health England (PHE) has launched its annual flu vaccine drive, urging uptake among pregnant women and children aged 2-4 and in Years 1 and 2.
Expectant mums are offered the vaccine in the form of an injection as their immune systems is weakened during pregnancy – putting them at more risk of getting flu.
48 per cent of mums don’t know the free vaccine is an option
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PHE revealed that 48 per cent of mums don’t know the free vaccine is an option and 41 per cent think that children are vaccinated by injection.
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People aged over 65 years and those with health conditions including diabetes, heart disease and asthma are also offered the vaccination.
‘The best way people can protect themselves from flu is to take up the offer of free vaccination from their GP as soon as it becomes available,’ says Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection and medical director at PHE.
‘Even people whose health conditions are well managed and who lead otherwise healthy lives should still have the flu vaccine – it’s free because you need it.’
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