Sumary of Vaccination against Covid supports a healthy pregnancy by protecting both mother and child:
- The CDC advisory also brought attention to the widening racial gaps in vaccination during pregnancy, with less than 16% of Black pregnant females reporting having been vaccinated.
- As an immunologist who has been studying immune responses to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, I know the reason for the agency’s urgency is clear.
- Detailed research into pregnancy during the pandemic has shown that mothers who contract Covid-19 are five times more likely to be admitted to an ICU and 22 times more likely to die than their non-infected counterparts.
- The same study found that mothers infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy are twice as likely to require ICU care for their newborns, or to lose their children shortly after birth.
- As a father of two, with a third expected in December, I understand the intense stress that health decisions can bring on during pregnancy.
- At the most basic level, a maternal immune system’s job is to welcome a foreign organism that is consuming considerable resources, and allow it to grow unmolested for months.
- This doesn’t come naturally – to prevent the identification and rejection of a growing fetus as a parasitic invader, maternal immune systems undergo an overhaul that fundamentally alters their responses to infection in order to support the pregnancy.
- But those changes don’t shut down immune responses completely.