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Flu Vaccination in Pregnancy

In the Chief Medical Officer's seasonal flu vaccination programme 2016/17 communication, vaccination uptake rates for pregnant woman during the 2015-16 flu programme were detailed as having reached 49.9% for those without other risk factors and 61.5% for those with other risk factors. It has been recognised that pregnant women may have particular concerns about the vaccine and that will inform decision making about whether or not to be vaccinated.

Midwives are seen as a key group of healthcare professionals in communicating the benifits if the vaccine and helping to ensure that as many pregnant woman as possible are immunised.

Rationale of Resource

This resource is designed to support midwives involved in raising the issue of flu vaccination with all woman in the antenatal period and providing woman with evidence based information about flu vaccination.

This resource does not cover the actual administration techniques involved in flu vaccination. If staff are required to deliver flu vaccinations they should refers to their line manager for alternative training.

2016-17 resources can be found below:

Health Protection Scotland has revised their existing resource relating to flu vaccination in pregnant women.

Slides Flu Vaccination in Pregnancy An Update for Midwifery September 2016 (Office365 PowerPoint) 
Slides with notes Flu Vaccination in Pregnancy An Update for Midwifery September 2016 (PDF)
Background information Influenza vaccination in pregnant women
CMO Letter SGHD/CMO(2016)16

All resources last reviewed June 2017.