Transcript for Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Let's take a look at the latest coronavirus case numbers from Johns Hopkins university, now more than 131.8 million diagnosed cases around the world. Our death toll here in the U.S. At more than 555,000 American lives lost, as the CDC reports at least 62.3 million Americans are now fully vaccinated. We're joined though today by ABC news contributor and chief of infectious diseases at Boston's southshore hospital, Dr. Todd ellerin, thank you for being here. This is something that Dr. Ashton has been on top of it when it comes to vaccines and pregnant women. Always a lot of questions there. We're getting new details. What's the latest here? T.J., this is so important, so what we know is that pregnant women and covid-19 it can lead to more severe disease, it can lead to pre-term labor, delivering before 37 weeks, increase respiratory distress needing the intensive care unit. A recent study from the obstretics and gynecology, all pregnant women, they had all covid-19. Where women and babies did well, about 18% had severe disease, they were hospitalized on oxygen. 4% actually had critical most of them were intubated. And unfortunately, about four died, that's a mortality of 0.3% or 3 in a 3,000. Just to put that in perspective, that's 15 to 20 times more than what we'd expect from a pregnant woman who does not have covid. I want to tell you a recent case that came in to me was a woman who was at the end of pregnancy, she developed covid and then started requiring more oxygen, she had severe pneumonia, we had to transfer her to intensive care unit where she remains intubated. The point is, covid-19 can be very severe in pregnancy and this is preventable through vaccination and we know tens of thousands of women have been vaccinated who are pregnant already in the United States, so far it looks safe and we know that covid can be serious, so I do believe that the benefits far outweigh the risks. All right, important information for a lot of women out there. Dr. Todd ellerin, thank you.
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