A nurse prepares a swine flu vaccination.
A nurse prepares a swine flu vaccination.

Doctors fear fresh swine flu wave

PREGNANT women are just one of the high-risk groups in the community that should ensure they are immunised against swine flu before the next wave of the disease takes effect.

Medical authorities have warned that the first wave of swine flu is likely to hit Australia before the traditional ‘flu season’ begins and now is a good time to get a swine flu jab.

Statistics from 2009 showed that pregnant women and women who had given birth accounted for 13 per cent of swine flu admissions last year.

Pregnant women are considered a high-risk group for swine flu, as there have been cases in Australia and worldwide of infected pregnant women who have miscarried, gone into premature labour and even died. The vaccination protects both the mother and the unborn child.

Authorities estimate 80 per cent of Australians are not immunised against the disease.

Swine flu will be the dominant flu strain in Australia this season.



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