‘Vaccinate all women who are expecting’


Times of India
August 2, 2010

MUMBAI: There might be no swine flu by 2012, say doctors. But this could be so because by that time, the virus may have mutated into a more potent strain or a majority of the population would have developed immunity to the disease.

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In a conference at Nair Hospital on Sunday, doctors from various fields came together to review both the waves of H1N1 pandemic. Given that 553 people in Maharashtra have succumbed to the disease since June 2009, the experts discussed what could be the plan of action in case of a third wave of the disease.

Dr Om Srivastav, head of infectious diseases, BMC said that vaccination should be a must for certain groups of people. “Health care workers, especially those who work in the isolation wards or with H1N1 patients, should take the vaccination. The vaccine should be made mandatory for pregnant women, too; more so for those in their second or third trimesters,” he said.

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