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Flu Jab Push for Pregnant Women

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:17pm 22nd October 2013.

A Cornish mum-to-be has told Pirate FM that there is no way she would avoid getting the flu jab.

Figures show less than half of pregnant women in the Duchy took up the vaccination last year.

Now a new campaign is targeting at-risk groups, including toddlers.

They will be offered a nasal spray for the first time.

Stacie Tresidder from Truro is 22 weeks pregnant with her second child: "It's so important to look after your body. You need all these nutrients and stuff to make sure your baby's developing properly without getting poorly on top of not eating properly and especially more than ever in this weather.

"I had it last time when I was pregnant with my daughter as well and it was really important. We had all the bugs at home then so it's really important to keep yourself fit and healthy isn't it, especially at this time of year? There's absolutely no room for me or my baby to get poorly."

The other at-risk groups being encouraged to get a free vaccination include those under 65 with heart conditions, breathing difficulties or diabetes, and two and three year olds.

Director of Public Health in the Duchy, Felicity Owen, said: "It's not only about protecting them but it's also about protecting people that they come into contact with. What we know from the epidemiology of flu and how it travels and how it spreads across communities, that it can often be spread by children."

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