Flu vaccination

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Flu vaccination

The seasonal flu vaccination is the best way pregnant women can protect themselves and their baby from the flu. The vaccine is designed to give protection against the four types of flu that are expected to be the most common that particular year (and vaccinations need to be given annually because these differ from year to year).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s safe to have a flu shot at any time during pregnancy (and while breastfeeding), and it’s free for pregnant women as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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After vaccination, the body makes antibodies that help protect mother and baby from the flu. Most people will have developed immunity within two to three weeks of vaccination. A baby will continue to be protected for up to six months after birth – this is important because babies under six months cannot be given the flu vaccination.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The side effects of the flu vaccine are mild. Some adults may experience low-grade fever, tiredness and muscle aches. Redness and swelling at the injection site are common.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners recommends that, as the flu season here lasts from June to September, peaking in August, the best time for people to have their vaccine is from May onwards.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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