Friday 20 October 2017

Irish medic warns mums-to-be to get flu jab

Pregnant women are advised to get the flu vaccine
Pregnant women are advised to get the flu vaccine
Some women were so critically ill with flu they were transferred to the Mater hospital where they had to give birth, a conference was told. Stock Image: PA
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Life-threatening complications caused by flu led to 35 pregnant women being rushed to the high dependency unit at the Rotunda maternity hospital last year.

Some women were so critically ill with flu they were transferred to the Mater hospital where they had to give birth, a conference was told.

Despite the higher risks faced by women who contract the flu during pregnancy, one study showed only half of women get the vaccine.

Obstetrician Dr Maeve Eogan said the vaccine was safe at all stages of pregnancy. She said the HSE had failed to provide the funding for hospitals to administer the vaccine to women during their ante-natal visit.

Brid Stack (31) from Walkinstown in Dublin described how she spent five days in the high dependency unit of the Rotunda after contracting the flu.

She was pregnant with her son Pearse. She did not get the vaccine believing she was not at risk - but would make sure to do so if she was pregnant again.

Irish Independent

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