PREGNANT women across Hampshire are being urged to get flu jabs.

The jab protects them and gives newborn babies vital protection in the first few months of their lives, according to the NHS.

As well as getting an injection, they are being reminded to attend routine maternity appointments,

Hampshire GP Dr Nicola Decker said: “I encourage all pregnant women to get their flu vaccine.

“During pregnancy a woman’s immune system is naturally weakened as it works hard to protect both mum and baby. Getting flu during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, having a baby born too soon or born with a low birth weight.”

To find out more visit the NHS website.