Pregnant Women First to Get Swine Flu Vaccine

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

July 29, 2009

A government panel has recommended that certain groups be placed at the front of the line for swine flu vaccinations this fall, including pregnant women, health care workers, and children six months and older.

"We are really busy at the health department right now, it's because people have a lot of questions. This is a new type of flu," said Dr. Lilian Peake of the Charlottesville Albemarle Health Department.

And it could become even busier. A new study came out Wednesday showing that pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized after contracting the virus.

"This is a time where [mothers] really want things to go smoothly. That would be a complication that I would really want to take care of," said Jenn Fleisher, who is seven months pregnant.

The Charlottesville woman says the new information is just one more thing to have to worry about.

"Don't eat raw foods, and be careful of the caffeine," said Fleishman.

But doctors say whether it be the H1N1 virus or the seasonal flu, you should get vaccinated.

"We recommend that people who are at risk of complication, like pregnant women, get their seasonal flu shot as soon as it's available, and also their H1N1 vaccine as soon as its available," said Peake.

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