Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Most pregnant women not getting vaccinated — CDC

Most pregnant women not getting vaccinated — CDC

The HSE says its advise is: "Don't let the flu get to you". Since 2010, among women ages 15 to 44 years who were hospitalized for influenza, 24% to 34% of them were pregnant - even though only approximately 9% of USA women in this age group are pregnant at any given time each year.

Unfortunately, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and doctors around the country predict a bad flu season this year. The findings are troubling: Only one in three pregnant women receive both their flu shot and whooping cough (Tdap) vaccines. They added that maternal influenza vaccine reduced a pregnant woman's risk of flu-related hospitalization by 40%, and reduced the risk of hospitalization among infants younger than age 6 months by an average of 72%.

"Avoiding crowds. Eating healthy, getting plenty of rest and plenty of fluids are all pretty simple things, pretty old fashioned things, but they really do seem to stand the test of time of the most effective things that you can do to stay healthy during the flu season and really all year round as well". The report said that if women receive the vaccination early in the third trimester of pregnancy, it gives their newborns optimal protection and will prevent almost 80% of whooping cough cases in babies under two months old.

There were disparities among those who received vaccines, as women with providers that referred them for a vaccine had higher vaccination rates and African-American expecting mothers reported lower vaccination rates.

Flu and whooping cough are not fatal to most healthy adults but kills children under five in the U.S. every year. Levine received a flu shot during her visit.

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This is important because newborns aren't yet old enough to be vaccinated themselves. "It's been proven repeatedly that these vaccinations are safe for women and their developing babies". Although it is possible to get the flu while still getting the flu shot, the symptoms will be far less severe, will last for a much shorter period of time, and will not derive any serious complications. But even among those women, about a third did not get vaccinated, the report said. For both vaccines, the second most common reason women refused it was concern about whether it was safe for their babies, the report said. Some didn't think they were at risk for flu she said.

If they do, their babies are 78% less likely to catch whooping cough in the first two months of life, and 91 percent less likely to be hospitalized for the infection. Many of these women thought that the vaccine was ineffective or unnecessary.

"Most people get an inactive grade of vaccine".

And finally, Dr. Chow says anyone who's had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS, a severe paralyzing illness), may not want to get the shot.

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