Mums-to-be are being told that the vaccine against swine flu is completely safe for them and could also help to protect their unborn babies.
The Government’s chief adviser on immunisation has reassured expectant mums that they shouldn’t have any fears about the vaccine’s safety.
“It’s worthwhile vaccinating pregnant women and there is a benefit both to them and to their infant,” said Professor David Salisbury, director of immunisation at the Department of Health.
A Government leaflet giving advice to pregnant women who are considering the vaccine has also been drawn up. “In all previous pandemics we’ve been chasing after the virus and it’s been almost too late to give a vaccine. This is the first time ever that it has been possible to have a vaccine in place close to the main peak of the pandemic,” said the government’s chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson.