Getting vaccinated against flu and Covid helps protect yourself, your family and friends and your community.
NHS information – COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, when breastfeeding and fertility Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
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The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine. It's offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.
Flu vaccine and coronavirus (COVID-19)
Flu vaccination is important because:
- More people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic
- If you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you're more likely to be seriously ill
- Getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both of these serious illnesses
If you've had COVID-19, it's safe to have the flu vaccine. It will still be effective at helping to prevent flu.
More NHS information: Flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
The children's nasal spray flu vaccine is safe and effective. It's offered every year to children to help protect them against flu.
Children can catch and spread flu easily. Vaccinating them also protects others who are vulnerable to flu, such as babies and older people.
More information from the NHS: Child flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Pregnant women are being urged to have both their flu and COVID-19 autumn booster to get the best protection from the viruses for themselves and their baby.
For women who become pregnant it gets harder to fight off infections and this means they are at greater risk from becoming seriously ill with covid – especially in their third trimester – and from flu, with both capable of causing complications for mother and baby.
Being vaccinated is still the best way of getting protected against the virus. Most pregnant women with Covid-19 who need hospital treatment or intensive care in the UK have not been vaccinated.
Pregnant women can get their vaccinations at any point during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.
For a COVID-19 vaccine you can book an appointment with the National Booking System or walk-in (no appointment needed) to one of the drop in clinics. Further advice for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding, can be found here.
For more information on the flu vaccination visit The flu jab in pregnancy - NHS (www.nhs.uk).