You can try for a baby… until the autumn

Chief Medical Officer confirms swine flu shouldn’t put you off trying to get pregnant - for now

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Women thinking about trying for a baby have been told to keep on trying, despite worries about swine flu.

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Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, announced that the Department of Health’s official advice was to continue with any baby-making plans, but that this may be reviewed in a couple of months’ time.

“When the pandemic reaches its height (probably in the autumn) as many as 1 in 3 people may be affected,” he stated. “At that point, I may make a more specific recommendation to mothers-to-be and others (e.g. those on chemotherapy) with weakened immune systems to avoid densely-populated gatherings.”

The health secretary, Andy Burnham, has predicted that there are likely to be 100,000 new cases of swine flu per day in the UK by the end of August. However, he stressed that the health authorities are well equipped to cope with the pandemic.

And remember, for most people the illness is mild and symptoms can be eased with anti viral medications.

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