Those most at risk are eligible for FREE influenza immunisation, and include
If you are eligible, FREE flu vaccinations are available from your GP or medical centre.
Privately funded and FREE flu vaccines are also available from some community pharmacies (for people aged 65 years and older and pregnant women). Please ask your local pharmacist.
The funded for eligible patients is
The campaign will run until end of December 2017.
Influenza is not a cold. It can be a dangerous illness that can pose a very serious risk to your life and that of your unborn baby. The danger comes from your body as it fights the illness, and the impact that can have on your baby. The hormonal and physical changes in pregnant women lowers the ability to fight viral infections.
It is very important for pregnant women (all stages of pregnancy) to get immunised against the flu. The vaccine gives protection to the mother, the unborn baby and the newborn baby. And it is free (usually from early March to 31 July each year).
The vaccine will not harm the baby at all.
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No. You cannot get influenza from the vaccine, as it does not contain any live viruses. However, some people will experience mild side effects such as muscle aches or headaches for a short time after immunisation. This is a normal reaction.
Remember, the vaccine will not protect you against common cold viruses, but a cold is not nearly as serious as influenza.
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