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Mothers who get vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy are likely to pass on protection against the virus to their newborn babiesaccording found new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The public health agency recommended that people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive get vaccinated.
The Scientists studied 379 babies under the age of six months at 20 different children’s hospitals in 17 states from July 2021 to January 2022.
Of the 176 babies who were hospitalized with COVID-19, 84% of them were born to mothers who were not vaccinated during pregnancydetermined the study.
The researchers also found that 88% of babies admitted to intensive care units with COVID-19 were born to mothers who were not vaccinated.
The only baby who died during the study was born to an unvaccinated mother.
According to the findings, infants younger than six months and whose mother received a two-dose primary COVID-19 mRNA vaccine during pregnancy were 61% less likely to be hospitalized with the virus.
“The bottom line is that maternal vaccination is a really important way to help protect these little guys,” Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, chief of the child outcomes monitoring research and prevention branch of the U.S. Department of Health, told CBS on Tuesday. CDC.
He urged pregnant people to get vaccinated, as the Food and Drug Administration has not yet licensed COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years of age.
The study notes that infants younger than six months are at risk of life-threatening complications from COVID-19, including acute respiratory failure.
The study said it’s not yet clear when in a pregnancy is the ideal time to get vaccinated. It also did not take into account mothers who may have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
Last year, the CDC officially began recommending COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant people. Data shows that pregnant people who contract the virus are at increased risk of serious complications and death.
A study from Boston University researchers last month also found that COVID-19 vaccines do not reduce couples’ fertility.
“I cannot stress enough how today’s findings reinforce the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 during pregnancy, both to protect people who are pregnant and to help protect their babies,” Meaney-Delman said.
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