It’s Immunisation Awareness week:
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says immunisation week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of immunisation. This year’s immunisation week theme is – ‘protecting baby begins at pregnancy.’
“Expectant mums are encouraged to enrol with a Lead Maternity Carer, be immunised during pregnancy, and immunise their baby,” says Dr Coleman.
“Getting immunised against whooping cough and influenza when you’re pregnant are two of the most important ways you can help protect your baby for their first few weeks of life.
“Babies are vulnerable to whooping cough until they have completed their six week, three month and five month immunisations.
“Pregnant women are more likely to suffer from complications from influenza that can put their health, and their baby’s health, at risk.” . . .
It’s not only pregnant women who are at risk from the flu.
Polly Gillespie writes on losing her sister to the flu.
If you’re likely to be upset by graphic details of what the illness did to her body, don’t read on.