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SWINE FLU GUIDELINES - FOR PREGNANCY
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SWINE FLU GUIDELINES - FOR PREGNANCY
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A sensible approach –
If you are pregnant, your immune system is naturally suppressed during pregnancy – this means you may be more susceptible to infections including swine flu –
Read our top tips to help you reduce your risk:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap & water
  • Use a tissue to cover your nose & mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Dispose of all used tissues quickly – don’t leave lying around.
  • If possible try to avoid unnecessary exposure to crowded areas – this does not mean isolation at home
  • If someone you are in close contact with has swine flu phone your GP who may prescribe an anti-viral medication for you.

If you experience the following:
Main:

  • fever (a high body temperature of 38C/100.4F or above)
  • sudden cough.

Other possible symptoms:

  • headache,
  • tiredness,
  • chills,
  • aching muscles,
  • limb or joint pain,
  • diarrhoea or stomach upset,
  • sore throat,
  • runny nose,
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  • sneezing,
  • loss of appetite.

If you are pregnant and think you may be experiencing swine flu symptoms, contact your GP immediately to help protect you and your baby.

Others you are in close contact are advised to contact:
The National Flu Service – Swine Flu Information Line on 0800 1 513 513
Website:
www.direct.gov.uk/swineflu

England
Tel: 0800 1 513 100
Minicom: 0800 1 513 200

Scotland
NHS 24: 08454 24 24 24

NHS Direct Wales:
0845 46 47

Northern Ireland Swine Flu Helpline:
0800 0514 142
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Or your GP

  • Continue all the advice provided above
  • You may be advised to take anti-viral medication –
  • if this is the case, arrange for a friend to collect the anti-viral medication on your behalf
  • Stay at home until you become free of all flu symptoms
  • Since you may experience a high temperature – You can take Paracetamol to keep your temperature under control (follow instructions on box about dosage)
  • There does not appear to be any current evidence to suggest that the anti-viral medication will cause harm to your baby
  • Inform people known to you who have been in close contact with you within the last week to seek medical advice via the helpline or website above

(Guidelines based on info from Department of Health UK, NHS UK, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obs & Gynae July 09)

 

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