Most pregnant women unprotected against flu

Dr Julie Leask (PhD) of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, said GPs had a vital role to play in increasing uptake.

“Thirty per cent is not good enough and we need to do much better to make sure our pregnant women are protected from a disease that they are much more at risk of going to hospital or ICU from,” she said at the PHAA immunisation conference.

Dr Leask and PhD student Kerrie Wiley have been researching the issue and said the main barrier was a doctor or midwife not recommending the vaccine.

Dr Leask added that there was also some concern among women