St John of God Subiaco Hospital keeps maternity patients safe from the flu during COVID-19

Women giving birth at St John of God Subiaco Hospital are being protected from the flu this winter, with free influenza vaccinations being offered by the hospital as part of its comprehensive maternity care and annual Flu Vaccination Program. 

1 Jun 2020

Maternity patient getting flu vaccination 
St John of God Subiaco Hospital Obstetrician Dr Adam Gubbay said that with the presence of COVID-19 in the community, vaccination against the flu was more important than ever, especially for pregnant women.

“During pregnancy, women experience changes to their immune system which can make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.”

“This, along with the knowledge that the flu can have significant consequences for both the mother and her unborn child, is one of the many reasons we are strongly encouraging patients to receive their vaccination.”

The vaccination is administered during one of the patient’s regular obstetrician appointments. This saves them from having to book an additional appointment with their GP.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital Chief Executive Officer Professor Shirley Bowen added the annual initiative reflected the hospital’s commitment to providing high quality care and services to patients.

“The birth of a child is such a special time and we want to make sure expecting mums have the best possible pregnancy and hospital experience,” she said.

“COVID-19 is unfortunately creating anxiety for many pregnant women and I hope that this service, along with the many other precautionary measures we have introduced, will help to alleviate their concern.”

More information about how St John of God Subiaco Hospital is caring for maternity patients and newborns during COVID-19.