Pregnant women in the North East are being urged to get vaccinated against swine flu by midwives at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
The appeal follows speculation over the safety of the vaccination. Kath Mannion, local supervising authority midwifery officer for NHS North East, said: “Pregnant women across the North East should be reassured of the safety of the swine flu vaccine which has been licensed for use on pregnant women.
“There is absolutely no doubt that pregnant women are at a much increased risk of severe complications from swine flu as their bodies and immune systems adapt to accommodate their growing baby.
“In the most severe cases, these complications can put the lives of pregnant women and their unborn babies, in unnecessary danger.
“We have seen a significant number of pregnant women in hospital in the region throughout this pandemic and I would urge every pregnant woman across the North East, at whatever stages of their pregnancy, to come forward get their swine flu jab as a matter of urgency.”
Women attending antenatal clinics at the Royal Victoria have been offered the swine flu jab, in an attempt to make it more accessible.