Pregnant Rochelle Humes admits fears over giving children new flu vaccinations
Rochelle Humes admitted on This Morning that she was fearful of her and her family getting the new flu vaccinations.
The Saturdays star, who is currently pregnant with her third child, spoke to Dr Zoe today about her fears over vaccinations, admitting that ‘WhatsApp theories’ have led her to worry that she’s doing the right thing by her family.
Noting that she had previously given her children vaccines, Rochelle spoke bluntly about her worries over the latest addition – but was thankfully soothed by Dr Zoe’s advice.
She told her: ‘At the minute the thought of getting a vaccine, that I don’t know what it is… there’s so many of these like, WhatsApp hasn’t been great for that, theories and things that you hear about.
‘I’m a bit apprehensive. I’m not, I’m not sure I’m confident.’
Dr Zoe then urged her to get the vaccines as they would be a medical benefit to her children, and praised her for her blunt honesty on the divisive topic.
‘I’m glad you said that because I’m sure there are many other people out there, either like yourself who are pregnant, or otherwise who are worried,’ Dr Zoe said.
‘We call it vaccine hesitancy. We see this often with parents vaccinating their children, and they know deep down that vaccination is protective, they know it’s the right thing to do, but there’s just that hesitancy.
‘They’re just a bit concerned.’
Dr Zoe continued: ‘Anything involving a virus this year creates anxiety. So to people out there who feel like that, you know, I’m assuring you, Rochelle you must get the vaccine and we’ll talk about it afterwards.
‘Have a chat with your GP, have a chat with somebody who knows what they’re talking about, voice those concerns.
‘We’d rather you voice those concerns so we can reassure you, and get the vaccine.’
Dr Zoe’s comments come as Boris Johnson branded anti-vaxxers ‘nuts’, and announced 30million new flu jabs becoming available.
‘We want everybody to get a flu jab in the run-up to this winter and that’s why we’re rolling out the biggest-ever programme of flu immunisation,’ Johnson said.
‘We’re aiming first of all for schoolchildren up to year 7, for pregnant women, for people over 65, for people who are shielded, but then we will be extending it to people who are 50 to 65.
‘Now the reason for doing this is to protect the NHS in the winter months because obviously we have still got Covid, we have still got the threat of a second spike on Covid, and it’s vital therefore to keep that pressure off the NHS by everybody getting a flu jab and I really hope everybody will.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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