Today, CDC issued an urgent health advisory to increase the COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant or recently expecting (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant right now, or who might become pregnant in the future to avoid serious illness, deaths, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
The CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccines be administered prior to or during pregnancy. This is because the potential risk and benefits to mother and baby outweigh any known or potential risks. The advisory also calls for health professionals and clinics to educate pregnant women about the benefits and security of the recommended vaccines.
According to CDC data according to CDC data, only 31 percent of pregnant women have been vaccined against COVID-19. The rates vary by race and ethnicity. The highest vaccination coverage is found among Asian pregnant women (45.7 percent), but it is lower among Hispanic and Latino pregnant women (25 percent) and the lowest among Black pregnant women (15.6%).
Between September 27 and September 27 the 27th there were more than 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pregnant women, including more than 22,000 patients admitted to hospitals and 161 deaths. Of which, 22 deaths occurred in the month of August alone. Cases of COVID-19 that are pregnant women who are symptomatic suffer a two-fold risk of admission into intensive treatment and a 70 percent higher risk of dying. Women who are pregnant with COVID-19 have an increased chance of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including stillbirth, preterm birth and admission to the ICU of a newborn also infected.
The advisory can be found at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00453.asp.
The following information is attributed to CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H.
“Pregnancy can be both an exciting and stressful – and pregnancy during a pandemic is an added concern for families. I strongly encourage those who are pregnant or contemplating having a baby to talk to their healthcare provider regarding the protection benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine to keep their babies and themselves protected.”
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