Flu fear for pregnant women
PREGNANT women from the city are potentially putting themselves and their babies at risk by opting not to have a vaccine that can protect them from seasonal flu, health experts have warned.
Medical boffins say they are becoming concerned at the falling take-up rate of the annual vaccine.
While expectant women are at no more risk than anyone else of contracting the virus, they are at higher risk of developing complications from flu.
Those complications can include conditions as serious as pneumonia and cardio-respiratory problems – particularly in the last few months of pregnancy.
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The warning comes following a scientific review by the Health Protection Agency.
It is often the secondary infections associated with flu that cause people to be admitted to hospital and can prove to be fatal, the review states.
Vaccine rates among all pregnant women in the Plymouth region, and wider South West, fell last year.
In Cornwall, rates fell last year to just 28 percent from 41 percent in winter 2010.