Pregnant women should ensure they get the 'flu vaccine as soon as possible according to the Royal College of Midwives.

The call to action follows the publication of a study by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University, which found a link between the H1N1 virus and stillbirth.

Commenting on the report, Louise Silverton, deputy general secretary of the RCM, said: "This study shows the importance of vaccinating all pregnant women against seasonal flu.

"The RCM has advised its members to encourage pregnant women to be vaccinated and has also supported the campaigns for NHS staff to themselves be vaccinated thus protecting themselves, the women for whom they care and their own families."

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