Women of childbearing age have highest rate of misconceptions about vaccine safety during pregnancy: U.S. survey – CTV

April 12, 2023

Women of childbearing age are more likely than other adults to fear that vaccination during pregnancy is unsafe, according to a new U.S. report, despite evidence to the contrary.

The report found that women aged 18-49 years old were more likely to be worried that a vaccine against COVID-19 or influenza during pregnancy wasn’t safe, compared to all adult men and to women aged 50 and older.

Health experts have emphasized that the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine are both safe to receive during any stage of pregnancy.

Health Canada also recommends the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people because they are at a higher risk of more severe illness if they catch the flu or COVID-19.

However, this study shows that anxieties surrounding vaccination during pregnancy are persistent for some people, suggesting that public health experts may need to try new tactics to reach those who are still concerned.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/women-of-childbearing-age-have-highest-rate-of-misconceptions-about-vaccine-safety-during-pregnancy-u-s-survey-1.6352499

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