Maternity Colleges are urging pregnant women to have the flu and Covid-19 vaccines this winter.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) say both vaccines are needed to protect women and their babies.
Flu can be very serious for a small number of pregnant women and their babies, occasionally leading to stillbirth, maternal death and miscarriage. The colleges warn it is possible to be infected with flu and Covid at the same time and this could make pregnant women seriously ill.
Dr Edward Morris, president of the RCOG, said: ‘We are concerned as we enter the winter months when viruses are particularly rife that pregnant women may be vulnerable to both COVID-19 and the flu.
‘We know the flu and COVID-19 can both individually cause severe illness in pregnancy and that’s why it is vital pregnant women have both vaccines, along with the third dose booster vaccine if they are eligible for it.