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Mum whose two babies died from swine flu campaigns for better immunisation

Gemma Ameen who lost her 3-year-old and unborn baby to swine flu last year is now campaigning for all youngsters to be immunised

Posted: 20 September 2011
by Hannah Blake
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Gemma Ameen, 29, is campaigning for universal immunisation, after losing two children to swine flu last year. Her healthy daughter Lana passed away from swine flu only 48 hours after developing the symptoms and then two months later, Gemma caught the swine flu virus and miscarried her unborn baby.
Gemma and her husband, Zana, from Stoke, have handed in a petition to Number 10 and are hoping ministers will take action to protect all young children against the H1N1 virus, and not just the people they deem "vulnerable".

Their call for better immunisation comes as Gemma announces she is "so happy" to be four months pregnant.

"It's been one hell of a ride but once you're a mum and you've had that feeling, you want to have it again," Gemma said, reports the Metro.

"I'm still a mother technically at the moment but I don't have that little person to look after. It will be really nice to have that back," added Gemma, who has already been told she is expecting a boy.

Last winter, the Department of Health issued a statement saying that all mums-to-be should have the flu jab. Gemma is hoping that the same will happen for all young children.


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