CDC Health Alert regarding COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness And Adverse Outcome of Covid-19
Center For Disease Control- CDC of United States has issued a new health alert this week urging nursing and pregnant women to get Covid-19 vaccine. As per CDC many laboratories confirmed Covid-19 infection in many pregnant women including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths. Since the pandemic began the highest number of pregnant patients death reported in this year August.
In USA, about31% of pregnant women got fully vaccinated before or during their pregnancy. According to Dr. Joseph Chang, Chief Medical Officer at Parkland Health who is also an OBGYN, ‘this is the way we can protect our babies”
During pregnancy immune system of women could slightly weaken making them vulnerable to sickness. Dr. Chang recommended that pregnant women must speak to healthcare provider if they have concern and question about the vaccine- Healthy Life.
Details of CDC’s Health Alert release for pregnant women vaccination is below:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends urgent action to increase Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future.
CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks. As of September 27, 2021, more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths. The highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in pregnant people (n=22) in a single month of the pandemic was reported in August 2021. Data from the COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) in 2021 indicate that approximately 97% of pregnant people hospitalized (either for illness or for labor and delivery) with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection were unvaccinated. In addition to the risks of severe illness and death for pregnant and recently pregnant people, there is an increased risk for adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, including preterm birth and admission of their neonate(s) to an intensive care unit (ICU).
Other adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as stillbirth, have been reported. Despite the known risks of COVID-19, as of September 18, 2021, 31.0% of pregnant people were fully vaccinated before or during their pregnancy. In addition, there are racial and ethnic disparities in vaccination coverage for pregnant people. Healthcare providers should communicate the risks of COVID-19, the benefits of vaccination, and information on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. Healthcare providers should strongly recommend that people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future receive one of the authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.
For more information :https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00453.asp
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: October 1, 2021
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