Mums-to-be urged to sign up for flu jab

MUMS-to-be were today warned to avoid an own goal and get a flu jab.

Loading Comments
Share
Print
Scotland footballer Suzanne Grant, who had the flu jab, with her three-week-old baby Oscar
Scotland footballer Suzanne Grant, who had the flu jab, with her three-week-old baby Oscar

The top tip comes from football striker ­Suzanne Grant who plays for the Celtic and Scotland women's teams. She took her own advice and was vaccinated before giving birth to baby son Oscar.

And the 29-year-old from East Kilbride reckons others should do the same since the jab will protect both mum and their new borns especially since serious complications can occur during pregnancy.

Suzanne said: "My midwife had explained the benefits of getting the flu vaccination to me but my aunt who is also a midwife recommended getting immunised as it also protects my baby for up to three months after birth. Getting the jab is easy and it's good for me and my baby, so now we're both protected this winter."

The footballer added: "I'll be back at training in a couple of weeks in the New Year, so the last thing I want is to be struck down by flu when I'm just getting back into my football.

"I'd urge anyone who is pregnant to get vaccinated - it's not worth the risk of becoming ill with flu."

But most haven't bothered. The Scottish Government says just 45% of mums-to-be have got the jab so far this year, based on figures from GPs, though officials could not give a breakdown.

Mums-to-be run the risk of major complications if they are struck down by flu because the immune system changes during pregnancy.

Medics say the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women and point to evidence which shows the vaccine can also help protect baby for the first three months after birth.

The latest figures show the worrying number of mums-to-be who haven't had the jab.

Gillian Smith, of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "We would encourage midwives and pregnant women to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families.

"Women should be aware of the importance of having the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as they become pregnant. If any pregnant woman is unsure about this, I would urge them to speak to their midwife or doctor."

Suzanne spoke out ­after figures released earlier this month revealed that the majority of pensioners in the Glasgow area and ­others with health ­problems had snubbed the offer of a free flu jab this winter.

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns urged them to come forward, especially pregnant women and people suffering from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, MS and other heart, lung and liver problems as well as those with lowered immunity.

Health

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

146080

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
                A weekly round up of social highlights                
                               

A weekly round up of social highlights

                               

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

                               

Why the Harlem Globetrotters weren't so slam dunking and making a boob at Debenhams

               
Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here

Entertainment

Lifestyle

Wedding
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

            Michelle McManus            
                       

Michelle McManus

                       

Sussed in the City

                       

Why women are better at spotting so called 'bluff' when it comes to the independence debate.

           
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.