An AFFECTED mother of two has warned all expectant mothers to get flu vaccines before the disease reaches its seasonal winter peak.
Louise Noblett, who works as a midwife at the Blackburn Birthing Center and is six months pregnant with her second child, was vaccinated against the flu for free.
She said that it is important that expectant mothers and their unborn babies be protected from the flu, as this can lead to complications such as a possible miscarriage or premature birth.
Ms. Noblett said, "As a mother, I want to make sure my baby is protected from the flu this winter, and it's safe, free, and fast at every stage of your pregnancy."
"There are too many risks to my unborn baby and me if I become infected with the flu."
Her colleague Vicky Wright, who is also a midwife in the birthing center, supported her demands for a vaccine against the flu for expectant mothers.
She said, "Pregnancy naturally weakens the body's immune system and, as a result, increases the risk that a mother and an unborn baby are seriously ill with influenza, including bronchitis and pneumonia, so it's so important for mothers to to get vaccinated against the flu.
"It protects her and her baby and gives the baby some flu immunity in the first few months of life."
Last year, 20,940 pregnant women were vaccinated against influenza in the northwest.
This year, the NHS aims to ensure that more pregnant women and their unborn babies are protected from the flu and their potentially serious risks.
NHS North West Nursing Director Marie Boles said: "It is very important for pregnant women to be vaccinated against the flu and protect themselves and their unborn baby." Influenza is a serious illness and can have serious consequences for unborn children. B. low birth weight and premature birth.
"Talk to your doctor or midwife about a flu shot."
NHS chiefs said pregnant women are advised to get the flu vaccine at every stage of their pregnancy.
They said that now is the ideal time for expectant mothers to get vaccinated against flu for free – either from their family doctor or from their midwife.
The warning comes amid predictions that could lead to a potentially deadly burden of the disease to East Lancashire.
Dr. Pervez Muzaffar, who issued the warning, said there were signs of an unprecedented rise in influenza A virus H3N2, the so-called "Australian flu," which could kill if people were not vaccinated.
Other risk groups include children and those with asthma or long-term illness.
Currently, the NHS vaccine is available free of charge to eligible children, children aged 2 and 3, all primary school children and children aged 2 to 17 years with long-term health conditions.
If your child is two or three years old, contact your family doctor to make an appointment. If your child is between four and nine years old, sign the consent form you receive from the school.
Patients with asthma or long-term illnesses should be contacted automatically by the family doctor.