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Pregnant women ‘should get flu jab’


The Department of Health has urged pregnant women in England to be immunised against flu in time for the winter.

Those who had the swine flu jab do not however need a new vaccine because immunisation this year includes protection from the H1N1 virus, which is expected to make a reappearance, according to officials.

The annual flu vaccination programme kicks off in Scotland on October 4 and in Wales at around the same time, although a start date for England has not yet been arranged.

A new government leaflet says the usual vulnerable sections of society should be given the seasonal-influenza vaccine, such as those with diabetes, those who have had heart disease in the past and anyone who has a weak immune system.

Also, pharmacists in community or clinical settings should be offered the flu jab, England’s interim chief medical officer said back in June.

Copyright Press Association 2010

Department of Health

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