Swine flu jabs to start16th October 2009
The government has announced that the swine flu vaccination programme is to get underway in the UK.
Patients in hospital who are deemed at risk of infection will be vaccinated and then family doctors will start to call in the 13 million people regarded as in priority groups.
Frontline troops serving in Afghanistan will also be given the swine flu jab, followed by troops and staff in supporting roles in the military operations.
A Ministry of Defence said spokesperson said: "Recognising the uniquely challenging task facing our troops in Afghanistan, front-line troops will be offered the jab to protect against a major outbreak of swine flu and maintain the numbers of troops available to commanders."
The death toll from H1N1 in the UK is currently 106, with 16 in the past week and 20% of the more than 300 people in hospital are in critical care. However, while the surge in cases has still not been as high as expected there is concern at the number of complications from swine flu.
England’s chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson said it was important for pregnant women to be immunised as they have a particularly high risk of complications from swine flu.
England has seen 27,000 new cases in England during the past week, compared with 18,000 the week before, while Scotland has 12,500 cases up from 6,800 and Wales and Northern Ireland are seeing rises.
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Tuesday 20th October 2009 @ 18:29
Relating to swine flu i think the effects of swine flu in relation to miscarriage is greatly played down. I was diagnosed with swine flu 2 weeks ago had a miscarriage last week 11-12 weeks pregnant.. i am convinced this was down to the horrendous fever and how very ill i was with the h1n1 virus. I think pregnant women should be very concerned. There is little advice and GP surgeries, well mine, didn't want to know. I found the flu pandemic line offered little advice and concern especially when I was expressing my worries.
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Title: Swine flu jabs to start
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12926
Date Added: 16th Oct 2009