CENTERTON, Ark. (KNWA) — Two of every three pregnant women in the U.S. will not get vaccinated against both flu and whooping cough, according to a new CDC report.
When pregnant women get vaccinated, they pass along the antibodies to the fetus that protect them when they’re newborns—too young to get the shots themselves. But a CDC report shows expecting mothers aren’t overwhelmingly flocking to get these vaccines.
The agency surveyed 2,100 women, and only 35% said they’re getting both vaccines.
Dr. Randy Conover is a family physician in Centerton, and he said people avoid shots for various that aren’t necessarily true.
“Some of them feel like they get the flu if they get a vaccination,” Conover said. “You can’t get the flu from a vaccination, but you may have some symptoms that feel a little bit like the flu.”
Conover said it takes about two weeks for the full effects of a vaccine to kick in, so somebody might simply contract a virus and blame it on the vaccine when it’s not. He said the medical community recommends getting vaccines in the second and third trimesters up to two weeks post-partum. That’s when women are the most susceptible to getting the flu.