Pregnancy Issues for Flu

Women who get flu during the first trimester (three months) of pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a baby with congenital heart disease than the general population. The reasons for this are unclear.

The flu vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women.

Source: NHS Choices UK1

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Other infections that can cause stillbirths include:

  • flu - it's recommended that all pregnant women have the seasonal flu vaccine, regardless of stage of pregnancy

Source: NHS Choices UK2

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ congenital-heart-disease/ causes/ 
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ stillbirth/ causes/ 

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