Last year four in 10 pregnant women had a flu vaccination, according to MBRRACE-UK Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme. The research also says that 36 pregnant women died from flu in England and Ireland between 2009 and 2012.
Flu accounts for one in 11 of maternal deaths during the winter months.
RCOG claims more than half of these deaths could have been prevented if the women has a flu vaccination.
While for most people flu is unpleasant but a self-limiting disease (with a recovery period of within a week), pregnant women, children and older people are at risk of serious effects from flu.
A spokesperson for RCOG  said: “Any viral infection, including seasonal flu, can cause harm to a mother and baby during pregnancy. It can also be serious for new born babies if they catch the infection from their mothers.”
A common misconception about pregnant women receiving the flu vaccination, according to RCOG, is that women who are in the early or late stages of their pregnancy can’t have it.
However, RCOG claims that the flu vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy and that the best time to get vaccinated is October or November.
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