PREGNANT women attending routine 20-week scan appointments at hospital in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester are able to get protected against flu and whooping cough at the same time as their hospital appointment, saving mums-to-be a separate trip to their GP surgery.
Midwifery Support workers, who have been trained to be vaccinators, will be available to administer flu vaccines until March 31, while the whooping cough vaccine is available all year round.
Janice Mackenzie, Associate Director of Midwifery and Women’s Health at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these important vaccines to women at their appointments, making it easier and more convenient for them to protect themselves and their babies against flu and whooping cough.”
Flu is potentially harmful to both mums and their babies. Women are at increased risk of complications if they get flu while pregnant, while the condition may be associated with premature births and smaller birth size and weight.
Studies carried out by Public Health England show that the flu vaccine is safe and effective at any stage of pregnancy, while it also helps to protect babies from getting flu in the first few months of life.
Visit www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/flu-jab-vaccine-pregnant.aspx for more information about having the flu vaccination during pregnancy.
Young babies who get whooping cough are often very unwell and most are admitted to hospital because of the illness. Pregnant women can protect their babies by getting vaccinated from 20 weeks.
Visit www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/whooping-cough-vaccination-pregnant.aspx for more information about the having the whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy.