If you have swine flu then you get medical suspension with full pay - but only if you have a temp, as the policy states that if you don't have a temp it isn't swine flu.
If not you get standard sick policy, so I was just running through a few scenarios in my head about the potential flaws! The whole SF thing seems like a bit of a fiasco all round to be honest, nobody seems to know arses from elbows.
LeninGrad, I've had similar concerns (I'm 25 weeks pg) but as far as I have read (and have had reassurance from both GP and midwife) the flu itself will not affect the baby. The risk of SF (or any flu) is that a high fever may mean you may overheat - which could bring on prem labour - or that there is a high(er) risk of complications such as pneumonia. But this risk is in itself small.
Tamiflu isn't a cure anyway, simply will reduce symptoms.
Even if you do have SF, as long as you are feeling manageable (albeit unwell) and have no high fever I would try not to worry excessively. Have you been diagnosed?
I am off to drs tomorrow as I have had sore throat, tiredness, terrible cough, nose congestion BUT no high temperature. Also occasional tummy aches. Started a week ago. Tonight i am feeling hot and cold. I truly hope I have not got it as I have been in contact with lots of people at school last thursday and friday. Stayed off work at weekend because I felt so bad. I am baffled as I am feeling really ill but with no temperature. i will report back what dr says.
TBH I am surprised they are LETTING me come to Drs but NHS Direct couldnt decide over phone - sort of wanted me to monitor my own asthma for one hour and call them back if it got worse an hour later - well it didnt get worse but it still didnt feel right. They ended up saying you probably HAVENT but keep monitoring it. Most nights I am struggling to breathe even after my inhaler taken it many times.
I intend to sit well away from other patients just in case I have. I feel very confused and I work in healthcare but there seems so much conflicting info around.
Bet they send me back with tamiflu to cover all situations and they wont know either.
Dismissing the NY Times report is dangerous, this is based on real experiences at the source of this Flu.
I believe that using Temperature to Diagnose this flu (when there are a number of reports indicating high number of people without fevers having Swine flu.) will lead to greater infection rates. People will feel free to resume there normal working activities based on a questionare given to them over the phone by the misinformed.
I remember a colleague getting hospitalised with flu several years ago (admittedly she wasn't pregnant but she was in intensive care for a while) - she had no previous health complications, was fit and in her early twenties.
The difference is, it was normal seasonal flu and so wasn't "news".
I've got all the symptoms except for high temp, however spoke to doctor on phone and he says it is swine flu. Hasn't prescribed Tamiflu as I'm 24 weeks pregnant, if I get a fever I'm to call back and they'll give me rolenza.