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H1N1 vaccine a tough sell to pregnant women

Posted By admin On October 23, 2009 @ 8:59 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Shari Roan
L.A. Times [1]
Friday, October 23, 2009

Because of the risks from flu, they should be among the first in line to get both the H1N1 and seasonal influenza shots, medical experts say. Yet many are averse to vaccinations or medication.

As the H1N1 influenza vaccine trickles into clinics and pharmacies over the next few weeks, public health officials and doctors desperately hope that pregnant women will be at the front of the line for the shot. Past influenza pandemics have proved that they’re at increased risk for severe complications — and they appear to be even more vulnerable to this new flu strain.

On Thursday, a consortium of major medical groups, including the American Medical Assn., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released a statement [2] pleading with pregnant women to get both the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines.

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But pregnant women have a well-established antipathy toward vaccinations, with only 15% getting the flu vaccine in any given year, compared with 30% of the general population, according to CDC reports. The current shortage of the H1N1 vaccine may further stymie efforts at widespread immunization. Moreover, pregnant women distrust medications in general — even though flu vaccines could prevent or mitigate infection should they be exposed.

All of these factors indicate doctors’ hopes will go unrealized even as rates of flu-related deaths, hospitalizations and preterm births rise.

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[1] L.A. Times: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-flu-pregnancy23-2009oct23,0,409451.story

[2] released a statement: http://www.ama-assn.org/assets/h1n1/mm/pregnant-colleague-letter.pdf

[3] Image: http://www.efoodsdirect.com/gmoPeople.html?aid=14&adid=12

[4] Pregnant women bare arms for H1N1 vaccine: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pregnant-women-bare-arms-for-h1n1-vaccine.html

[5] Conflicting advice offered to pregnant women on H1N1 vaccine: http://www.prisonplanet.com/conflicting-advice-offered-to-pregnant-women-on-h1n1-vaccine.html

[6] Teen Activists Cover H1N1 Vaccine Clinic For Pregnant Women: http://www.prisonplanet.com/teen-activists-cover-h1n1-vaccine-clinic-for-pregnant-women.html

[7] Swine flu: Some pregnant women shunning H1N1 vaccine: http://www.prisonplanet.com/swine-flu-some-pregnant-women-shunning-h1n1-vaccine.html

[8] Shocking H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Miscarriage Stories From Pregnant Women – Tell Your Doctors That Vaccines And Pregnancy Do Not Mix!: http://www.prisonplanet.com/shocking-h1n1-swine-flu-vaccine-miscarriage-stories-from-pregnant-women-%e2%80%93-tell-your-doctors-that-vaccines-and-pregnancy-do-not-mix.html

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