The Royal College of Midwives is urging more pregnant women across Tayside to have their flu vaccination to help protect themselves and their babies this winter.
The call comes after statistics highlighted that just over two-fifths (42%) of those pregnant in Tayside didn’t receive their vaccine last winter and that flu was the cause of death of one in 11 women who died during, or shortly after, pregnancy.
Pregnant women who contract flu are also five times more likely to have a stillborn baby, or for the baby to die in the first week following birth.
Mary Ross-Davie, director of the Royal College of Midwives Scotland, said: “Flu is a really serious illness — it is not just a bad cold.
“It can have a serious impact on those expecting a baby, which is why we’re encouraging expectant mothers to get the vaccine.”
Visit immunisationscotland.org.uk/flu or phone NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 for more information.