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23 December 2010 at 12:44

Hospital matron Jackie Brunton wasted no time getting her flu jab once being told she was pregnant.

The happy news was the result of Jackie and her husband David’s third course of IVF treatment.

“You’re special when you’re expecting and this is a really special pregnancy,” said Jackie, 35, who is Head of Nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital.

“That’s why I had no hesitation in acting on my midwife’s advice to have the flu jab. The vaccine doesn’t contain any live virus so I knew it would be completely safe.

“I also know from being a nurse that if I caught flu while pregnant I might not only be very poorly but risk ending up in hospital very seriously ill.”

Pregnant women are one of the high risk groups who should consider speaking to their GP about a free flu vaccination. Other risk groups include people:

 Aged 65 years and over
 With a long-term or chronic health problem (e.g. heart, liver and kidney disease, breathing difficulties, diabetes, lowered immunity due to disease or medical treatment)
 Living in a long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
 Caring for an older or disabled person

Jackie’s colleague, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Judith Bowley said: “I would urge anyone who is at risk to follow Jackie’s example and get their flu vaccination.

“It’s never too late to get protection. The vaccine is safe and effective, and will protect against the main flu strains around this winter including H1N1 (swine flu).

She added that, in order to protect vulnerable patients, it is important that people do not attend hospital outpatient appointments if they have flu symptoms. They should telephone the hospital and make a new appointment.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager,
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Tel 01704 704494