Pregnancy swine flu advice could change
Tuesday 21 July 2009
Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems could be advised to stay away from crowds for a period of a "few weeks" should the swine flu reach "big numbers" in the autumn, the chief medical officer has said.
Sir Liam Donaldson said pregnant women were not currently being advised to cut down on their normal daily activity but there was a possibility that he could issue such advice in the autumn if swine flu reached a level of, for example, one in three of the population.
"We are not advising pregnant women to cut down on their normal daily activity - some might choose to be very precautionary and not want to go into crowded places, but that is not the advice," he told GMTV. "But we will look at it again when it comes to the autumn when we get possibly big numbers of cases.
"If we got, for example, one in three of the population affected by flu which is one of the estimates, at that point I may advise pregnant women and people for example on cancer treatment who have weakened immune systems to avoid crowded places for a period of a few weeks when it is at its peak."
Sir Liam reiterated advice for pregnant women who believe they have the symptoms of swine flu to contact their GP. He added that pregnant women should stay away from friends or neighbours suspected of having the virus or who have it and be "extra cautious" in washing their hands after being out when, for example, using public transport.
He said at the moment there was not enough swine flu "out there" for people to have a "big chance" of encountering the virus on a daily basis.
His comments come after Health Secretary Andy Burnham sought to reassure pregnant women amid accusations of conflicting advice on how they should behave during the swine flu epidemic.
In a statement to MPs, Mr Burnham insisted the Government's advice to expectant mothers had not changed.
Most pregnant women with swine flu will only get mild symptoms and they should continue normal activity such as going to work, travelling on public transport and attending events and family gatherings, he said.
But owing to a higher possibility of complications, he said they should wash their hands frequently with soap and water and avoid contact with people who have swine flu.
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study
Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
Ebola: NYC doctor Craig Spencer tests positive for disease after returning from west Africa
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
What do the text messages between you and your partner reveal about your relationship?
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£47,334 - £59,058 per annum: Coventry University: The Centre for Agroecology, ...