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1

How many women need to be vaccinated to prevent one maternal or neonatal infection with flu?

How many hospital admissions are prevented per 1000 women vaccinated?

5

1-2 hospital admissions per 1,000 vaccinations

2

Which trimester is the worst to catch flu for pregnant women?

Third

3

When is the best time to have the flu vaccine?

Ideally at the start of the flu season regardless of gestation

4

Is the flu vaccine safe?

Used for over 10 years

No evidence of harm to women or their offspring

Only contraindication is anaphylaxis

5

Why are pregnant women more susceptible to the flu?

- changes in immune system
- Increased cardiac output
- Increased susceptibility to hypoxia
- Changes to lung function

6

Are there any benefits for the fetus?

Placental transfer of antibodies to the fetus provides protection for up to first 6 months of life

7

What other public health measures can be undertaken to reduce the risk to pregnant women?

Staff working with pregnant women should be vaccinated