Wednesday, 20 September 2017

New mum critical as doctors call for super flu vaccine



Sarah Hawthorn, 33, from Cobram, who is fighting for life in hospital after getting the flu

Re-published from The Age, Sept 20 2017. Written by Rick Morton, Social Affairs reporter, Sydney (@SquigglyRick) and Simone Fox Koob, Journalist, Sydney (@SimoneFoxKoob)

A young mother is fighting for her life in a Melbourne hospital having never held her newborn son after contracting a powerful flu strain.

The mother is the latest victim in a deepening crisis that has prompted Health Minister Greg Hunt and the nation’s top doctor to investigate “new and strengthened vaccines” available overseas.

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