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One group that lags behind COVID-19 vaccines is also at higher risk of getting the disease: pregnant women.

The lack of vaccination is a concern for doctors, as they see the spread of the more contagious delta version across the country.

Featured by Dr. Rebecca Wineland
Dr. Rebecca Wineland

“What I was saying to the patients, ‘Go get a vaccine today.’ Immediately. “It will reduce your risk of death, you will reduce your risk of being admitted to the intensive care unit, you will reduce the risk of long-term co-infection with COVID-19,” said Rebecca Wineland, MD of MUSC Health Charleston, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.

This advice applies to everyone, but especially to pregnant women. Although a pregnant woman is less likely to become infected with COVID-19, she is more likely to become seriously ill if she does catch COVID-19. Risks include respiratory distress that is common in COVID-19 patients, such as ADHD, preeclampsia, premature birth, NICU left for baby, stillbirth or miscarriage.

Germina Suffrant, MD from MUSC Health Florence, saw it in Florence. He remembers a patient last year who was young, in good health, despite being slightly overweight, who underwent rapid suffocation, intubation and emergency surgery.

Dr. Safrant's blow to the head
Dr. Germ Ermina Safrant

“He’s been in the hospital for weeks, he’s still suffering from the effects,” Suffrant said.

“Many other patients, even those with mild symptoms, give birth early,” she said.

On July 30, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine issued a joint statement strongly advising all pregnant women to be vaccinated, regardless of the trimester.

National groups declined the recommendations when the vaccines first became available because pregnant women were not included in clinical trials, although some trial participants became pregnant during the trials. Tens of thousands of pregnant women have been vaccinated safely since the vaccine became available, according to the ACOG և SMFM.

“The recent rise in the Delta version, along with the vaccine safety profile, has led our national guidelines to strongly recommend vaccination for all pregnant and lactating women,” said Wineland. “We also suspect that maternal antibodies from the vaccine are passed on to the unborn child, providing some protection for the baby.”

The Delta version caused a revival of events. The MUSC COVID-19 Epidemiology Intelligence Project reported an average of 139% of seven-day cases last week, with the vast majority of people hospitalized with COVID-19 not vaccinated. .

“The last five days have been terrible, to be honest. “It’s just destructive,” Wineland said.

Wineland said the most common reason his patients give for not getting vaccinated is because they thought pregnant women could not be vaccinated.

“They were surprised when I told them,” Wineland said.

Sofrant said vaccine distrust, a growing distrust of the past few decades, and concerns about the mRNA type of the vaccine, which is based on a technology previously unknown to the general public, have fueled her pregnancy vaccinations. patients.

“We understand the fear, but we see the effects of COVID during pregnancy,” she said.

He urged patients to get the vaccine, emphasizing that it is safe, not only to protect the mother, but also her unborn child.

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