Doctors stress importance of getting flu vaccination

Time to get a flu jab
Time to get a flu jab
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People have been urged to make sure they protect themselves from flu this winter by getting vaccinated.

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Primary Care Trust Cluster, which provides healthcare in Rutland, has advised pregnant women to get a flu jab to protect themselves and their unborn baby.

Deputy director of public health Dr Tim Davies said: “Pregnant women are at increased risk of serious illness if they catch flu.

“In fact, studies have shown that pregnant women with some strains of flu are four times more likely to develop serious illness and four to five times more likely to be admitted to hospital than the general population.”

And staff at Stamford Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital are getting vaccinated themselves.

Medical director John Randall said: ““Having the vaccination is an important thing to do, especially as our staff will spend many hours each day with patients, some of whom will be vulnerable.”