New data should encourage pregnant women to get Covid vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendations encouraging pregnant women to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The CDC noted that new data found no increase in the risk of miscarriage among women who were immunized during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Earlier research has also found no increased risk of miscarriage data for those vaccinated later in pregnancy.

This update now urges pregnant women be immunized, which is in accordance with the guidance offered by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other medical specialty groups.

“At this time, the benefits of vaccination, and the known risks of Covid during pregnancy and the high rates of transmission right now, outweigh any theoretical risks of the vaccine,” said Sascha R. Ellington, an epidemiologist who leads the emergency preparedness response team in the division of reproductive health at the CDC.

Having Covid-19 during a pregnancy has been linked to severe illness, including admission to intensive care and needing mechanical ventilation, and to preterm birth and death.

Read the new CDC guidelines here. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office for more information.

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