TV3 28th August, 2009 Health officials are stressing that it is vital for pregnant women and new parents to get the swine flu vaccine to protect themselves and their children.
In the words of Tina Johnson of the American College of Nurse-Midwives: “By not getting the flu yourself, you are going to protect your children better.”
Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said at a briefing Thursday that women of any trimester should get the vaccine.
“There’s no benefit to waiting until you’re out of the first trimester,” added Dr. Laura Riley of Massachusetts General Hospital.
The swine flu, also known as H1N1, first appeared in the spring, and then spread to the southern hemisphere where thousands have been infected. It is expected to result this fall, when the normal flu season arrives in this hemisphere.
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