Reassure pregnant women over swine flu vaccine, health officials urge

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4642
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    England’s Department of Health has urged GPs to reassure pregnant women who are worried about being vaccinated against swine flu.

    In a letter to GPs and practice nurses David Salisbury, director of immunisation, says, “It is critical that clinicians are well placed to offer appropriate reassurance to pregnant women, their families, and friends. We recognise that a few recent media stories have caused anxiety and apprehension in some pregnant women about receiving the swine flu vaccine.”

    Dr Salisbury states, “There is good and increasing evidence that pregnant women are at higher risk of the serious consequences of swine flu. This evidence suggests that pregnant women are more likely to develop serious complications from swine flu, and the World Health Organization has stated that 7-10% of all hospitalised patients with swine flu are pregnant women in their second …

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