About two-thirds of pregnant women in the United States don’t get vaccinated against both flu and increasing cough, putting them and their newborns at high risk, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated. Influenza and pertussis are dangerous infections that can be fatal for babies, especially those who are very young to be vaccinated directly,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, spoke in a news briefing on Tuesday. But if women receive their vaccines during pregnancy, they pass along antibodies to the fetus which then provides protection during the time newborns are very much young to be vaccinated.
As the latest CDC report found, only a small amount of pregnant American women are getting the shots they need. The agency researched nearly 2,100 women aged 18 to 49 who were pregnant between August 2018 and April 2019. Of those, 54% said they got a flu shot before or during pregnancy, and 55% were vaccinated for major cough while pregnant. That could conclude more pregnant women becoming very sick, the report also searched. Looking at data on all 15- to 44-year-old women who were hospitalized due to flu since 2010, out of the 24% and 34% were pregnant, the CDC study found, even though only 9% of U.S. women in this age group are pregnant at any given time each year.”Women have enough issues to address when they’re pregnant without going through a difficult hospitalization if they come down with influenza,” Schuchat said. To conclude, only about 35% of women received both vaccinations during pregnancy, the CDC said.
The survey found that women whose health care providers offered them for shots had the highest vaccination rates. Black women had lower rates than women in other racial groups, and were less likely to report being referred for vaccination, the findings showed. The CDC recommends all pregnant women get a flu shot at any stage of pregnancy and the whooping cough vaccine early in the third trimester as part of routine care.