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Baby dies of swine flu at the Royal Free

PUBLISHED: 16:13 17 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:19 07 September 2010

A baby aged less than six months has died of swine flu at the Royal Free in Hampstead. NHS London announced the baby died on July 8 – bringing the number of deaths as a result of the pandemic up to 10 in the capital. It is believed the child, like many

A baby aged less than six months has died of swine flu at the Royal Free in Hampstead.

NHS London announced the baby died on July 8 - bringing the number of deaths as a result of the pandemic up to 10 in the capital.

It is believed the child, like many others killed by the virus, had underlying heath conditions.

Dr Simon Tanner, regional director of public health at NHS London, made the announcement while revealing three other deaths as a result of swine flu over the last week.

He said: "We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to each of the families affected at this very difficult time. It is also important that these deaths be kept in perspective. All four had underlying health conditions and these upsetting cases should be kept in context with the many people who have had swine flu and recovered just a few days after experiencing a mild illness."

A further three deaths are being investigated to determine whether they were a result of swine flu.

Andy Wapling, head of emergency preparedness at NHS London said: "We would like to reassure people that NHS London is well-prepared - all NHS organisations have plans which have been practised and checked regularly. NHS London has put in place recently audited plans on how to prepare for flu pandemic and ensure that anyone who needs help will receive it."

NHS London continues to advise people that if they have flu-like symptoms they should stay at home and telephone their GP or NHS Direct.

In the vast majority of cases, swine flu is a very mild illness and most people should start to feel better after a just few days without needing to go to their GP or A&E.

But people should speak to a doctor if they are pregnant, very young, over 65 or have long-term conditions, such as asthma or diabetes.

The swine flu information line is on 0800 1 513 513 and the telephone number for NHS Direct is 0845 46 47.


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