Flu concerns for pregnant women

WITH pregnant women being warned against the threat of Human Swine Flu, Allora resident Kylie Rees will take extra precautions during her pregnancy.

Queensland Health have identified pregnant mothers as one of the vulnerable groups which need to take extra care and try to stay away from public places as the illness is more severe.

The warning comes as a small number of pregnant women in New South Wales have been admitted to hospital and, after giving birth prematurely, have been placed on life support.

Mrs Rees said she was concerned about the warnings and was aware of the precautions she would need to take to prevent being exposed to the virus.

“I am not frightened about it but considering the situations down south, where there are mothers in intensive care, it is a concern,” she said.

Queensland Health chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said pregnant women had a higher risk of complications if they contracted swine flu but not necessarily a higher chance of contracting the virus.



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