Pregnant women in vaccination offer against swine flu

Pregnant women in Devon are being offered inoculations against swine flu as part of annual vaccinations.

It is the first time pregnant women have been included in the eligible group for jabs along with those aged 65 or over or with long-term illnesses.

Jacquie Morse from NHS Devon said some pregnant women were affected by the H1N1 strain of flu last year.

She said: "If you have the flu vaccination this year your baby will be protected for six months after birth."

She said: "Last year with the circulating H1N1 virus we did see some pregnant ladies who were quite poorly with it and we want to offer them every opportunity to protect themselves and their babies."

She added there was currently no evidence to suggest that there would be any problems with swine flu this year.

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