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Importance of vaccine for pregnant women 

  • IASbaba
  • August 8, 2021
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Importance of vaccine for pregnant women 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Health

In news  Recently a senior member of the National COVID-19 Task Force has thrown light over the importance of Covid-19 vaccine for pregnant women.

Why is COVID-19 vaccine important for pregnant women?

  • Though pregnancy and childbirth do not increase the risk of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infection, they worsen the clinical course of COVID-19 compared with other women in the same age group.
  • During the second wave, It was found that 22% of pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19 had premature deliveries, and 48% had to undergo a caesarean delivery.
  • The rate of admission to the ICU among pregnant women with COVID-19 was also higher than those of non-pregnant women.
  • COVID-19 during pregnancy can lead to pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, which is an increase in the blood pressure of mother, and the risk of cardiopulmonary arrest increases, especially if the infection occurs during the third trimester.
  • Since the vaccine significantly reduces the severity and mortality due to COVID-19, the government took the decision to provide vaccination to pregnant women.

News Source: TH

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