The obese should be first in line for the swine flu vaccine, a leading expert said today.Wow! There’s going to be a rush for pies at Greggs this morning…
Very overweight people in danger of developing breathing difficulties should be put on the priority list for treatment, according to Professor Hugh Pennington, bacteriologist at Aberdeen University.
Professor Pennington said: 'There are a proportion of obese people who are so fat they have trouble moving and get short of breath. This may make them more susceptible to developing complications if they contract swine flu.Other people might say that’s evolution in action, prof…
Luckily, it looks like this is a non-starter with the health authorities:
The priority list has not yet been finalised, but it is expected to include people with underlying health problems such as heart disease, which can also increase the risk of dying from the virus.Except John Prescott, presumably…
However, so far officials have not indicated that obese people not at heart attack risk should be included.
But what say the anti-fatty lobbyists?
Last night Dr David Haslam of the National Obesity Forum said: 'I have heard reports a high number of people who have died from swine flu so far were obese.Really…? Don’t you want to protect your vested interests then, to keep yourself in a job?
'We should raise awareness of the danger swine flu poses to people who are obese, but we won't be campaigning for all obese people to be given the vaccine early.'
Haven’t really thought this through, have you Dave…?