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In the news: New mother with swine flu has died

by 21stcenturymummy on November 3, 2009

A woman who contracted swine flu died just weeks after giving birth to her first child, a health authority has confirmed. Susan Ford, 31, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, fell ill with the virus when she was 31 weeks pregnant. After being admitted to Salford Royal Infirmary, Ms Ford’s daughter, Poppy, was delivered by Caesarean section but the new mother’s condition failed to improve and she died 18 days after giving birth. The full article is can be found on Yahoo News here.

The swine flu vaccine is being rolled out to GP practices across the UK. Young children and pregnant women have been identified as priority groups for vaccination. However I’m not sure I want my daughter to have the vaccine and equally unsure if I would have it if I was pregnant. The reason being safety.

Pregnant women with swine flu are 10 times more likely to need intensive care, Dr David Salisbury, head of immunisation at the Department of Health a live webchat on mumsnet.com. Read the transcript here. It’s definitely worth a read. The mums know a lot more about the different types of swine flu vaccine than me!

Obviously the major concern for parents with young children and pregnant women is safety. There is seemingly so much contradictory information available and people are getting mixed messages about whether or not to have the vaccine, it’s hard to know who to believe.

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In the news: New mother with swine flu has died

by 21stcenturymummy on November 3, 2009

A woman who contracted swine flu died just weeks after giving birth to her first child, a health authority has confirmed. Susan Ford, 31, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, fell ill with the virus when she was 31 weeks pregnant. After being admitted to Salford Royal Infirmary, Ms Ford’s daughter, Poppy, was delivered by Caesarean section but the new mother’s condition failed to improve and she died 18 days after giving birth. The full article is can be found on Yahoo News here.

The swine flu vaccine is being rolled out to GP practices across the UK. Young children and pregnant women have been identified as priority groups for vaccination. However I’m not sure I want my daughter to have the vaccine and equally unsure if I would have it if I was pregnant. The reason being safety.

Pregnant women with swine flu are 10 times more likely to need intensive care, Dr David Salisbury, head of immunisation at the Department of Health a live webchat on mumsnet.com. Read the transcript here. It’s definitely worth a read. The mums know a lot more about the different types of swine flu vaccine than me!

Obviously the major concern for parents with young children and pregnant women is safety. There is seemingly so much contradictory information available and people are getting mixed messages about whether or not to have the vaccine, it’s hard to know who to believe.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }