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Pregnant women are set to be added to the risk groups for next year's flu immunisation campaign, Pulse has learned.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is set to recommend vaccinating pregnant women who are due to give birth during the flu

season.

The move follows advice from the JCVI's influenza sub-group and is set to come into force next year, a Government adviser has told Pulse.

Dr Douglas Fleming, a member of the JCVI influenza sub-group and director of the RCGP Birmingham research unit, said: 'It is likely it will be recommended that women who are due to have their baby during the winter are vaccinated.'

Dr Fleming, who is a GP in Birmingham, added: 'If they are pregnant in October and due

to have their baby before Easter they should have the flu

vaccine.'

The sub-group finalised the recommendations at a meeting last month after considering evidence from the US and Canada, where flu vaccination of pregnant women is routinely recommended.

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