SENIOR doctors have moved to reassure pregnant women in Cheshire and the North West over the Swine Flu pandemic.
In a statement Dr Ruth Hussey, Director of Public Health for the North West said: “The NHS has been planning for a number of years for a possible pandemic outbreak. As part of this planning, we have looked at the advice that we might need to give to specific groups, such as pregnant women.
“All indications at the moment show that the majority of people who catch the swine flu virus are experiencing mild symptoms. However there are some groups of people who need to keep an eye on their health, and pregnant women are one of these groups.
“This doesn’t mean that mums-to-be need to be unduly alarmed - if they develop flu-like symptoms they should telephone their GP and follow advice. There is some specific advice for pregnant women on the NHS Choices website.
“In general, the most effective thing that we can all do to limit the spread of this virus, is to observe good hand hygiene - wash your hands regularly, and follow the guidance to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ if you have to cough or sneeze.”