Pregnant Women Will Be Among First To Get Swine Flu Vaccine

17/08/2009 09:09 | Updated 22 May 2015

Pregnant women will be among the first in the UK to get the swine flu vaccine, the Government has announced.

But they haven't yet figured out in which trimester it's best to give the jab.

More than 13 million people are set to be vaccinated against the flu from October.

Those aged between six months and 65, in high risk groups, including people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, renal disease or with a compromised immune system, will be the first to get the jab from October.

Next will be all pregnant women, subject to licensing arrangements on the most suitable trimester to give the jab.

Then those living with patients with compromised immune systems will get the vaccine, followed by anyone over 65 in a high risk group.

Healthy people of any age will not be given the jab, the Government says - apart from pregnant women, who let's not forget are actually healthy.

Frontline health and social care workers will also get the vaccine.

I'm still a bit confused as to whether it's advisable to have the jab while pregnant.

The Royal College of Midwives seems to be doubtful about the safety of vaccinating pregnant women and does not normally recommend vaccination in pregnancy.

Last month Louise Silverton, deputy general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Vaccination is used with great care during pregnancy to avoid causing harm to the growing fetus.

"We await Department of Health advice on the safety and advisability of vaccinating pregnant women once the vaccine is available.

"Normally only pregnant women with pre-existing medical conditions are offered vaccination to prevent seasonal flu."

However, it has been reported that pregnant women who get swine flu are at least four times likely to be hospitalised as other people with the virus.

If you are concerned about the jab, talk to your midwife who will be able to advise you. And we'll be watching out for the latest advice to keep you up to date.

Source: AOL News

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