Newsletter - Winter 2021

This month's feature article:

Covid-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

The RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine (Cominarty) at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby. (9 June 2021)

High risk women include those who:

  1. Are immunosuppressed
  2. Recent bone marrow transplant
  3. Graft versus host disease
  4. Leukaemia, lymphoma,
  5. Myelodysplastic syndrome
  6. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  7. Occupations at high risk of exposure

Moderate risk women include those with:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Severe asthma
  3. Heart disease
  4. Chronic renal or liver disease
  5. Obesity (BMI>40)
  6. Chronic inflammatory conditions

There is no contraindication to vaccinating women who are breastfeeding.

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