Infants born to vaccinated mothers are less likely to be hospitalized with COVID, CDC study finds

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Mothers who get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 whereas pregnant are likely to cross on safety in opposition to the virus to their new child infants, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered. The public well being company advisable individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive get vaccinated.

Scientists studied 379 infants underneath the age of six months at 20 totally different kids’s hospitals throughout 17 states from July 2021 to January 2022.

Of the 176 infants who had been hospitalized with COVID-19, 84% of them had been born to mothers who didn’t get vaccinated throughout their being pregnant, the study decided. Researchers additionally discovered that 88% of infants admitted to intensive care models with COVID-19 had been born to mothers who weren’t vaccinated. The one toddler who died in the course of the study was born to an unvaccinated mom. 

According to the findings, infants who had been youthful than six months and had a mom who acquired a 2-dose main mRNA COVID-19 vaccination throughout their being pregnant had been 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 young ones,” chief of the CDC’s Infant Outcomes Monitoring Research and Prevention Branch Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman mentioned Tuesday. 

She urged pregnant folks to get vaccinated, as vaccines in opposition to COVID-19 haven’t but been licensed by the Food and Drug Administration for kids youthful than 5. The study notes that infants youthful than six months are vulnerable to “life threatening complications from COVID-19, including acute respiratory failure.” 

The study mentioned it isn’t but clear when in a being pregnant is the best time to get vaccinated. It additionally didn’t take note of mothers who could have beforehand examined optimistic for COVID-19.

Last year, the CDC formally started to advocate COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant folks. Data reveals that pregnant individuals who contract the virus are at an elevated danger of extreme issues and dying. A study from researchers at Boston University final month additionally discovered that COVID-19 vaccines don’t scale back fertility for {couples}. 

“I cannot emphasize enough how today’s findings reinforce the importance of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy both to protect the people who are pregnant and to help protect their babies,” Meaney-Delman mentioned.

Tori B. Powell

Tori B. Powell is a breaking information reporter at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]