Why should pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19? How does coronavirus infection affect pregnancy and childbirth? When is the best time to get vaccinated if we haven’t done it before pregnancy? Among other things, Professor Mariusz Zimmer spoke about it on TVN24. – You really need to get vaccinated both during pregnancy and pregnancy, to protect yourself and the child – encouraged the head of the Department and Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University Teaching Hospital in Wrocław.
Professor Mariusz Zimmer, habilitated doctor, head of the Department and Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the University Teaching Hospital in Wrocław and the president of the Polish Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, spoke on TVN24 about vaccination against coronavirus during pregnancy and about the consequences of falling ill with COVID-19 in the future we have.
Prof. Zimmer: ladies, go to the vaccinations
– As the Polish Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, we gave recommendations, positions that you really need to get vaccinated both during pregnancy and pregnancy, in order to protect yourself and the child – he pointed out. He admitted that these recommendations did not bring the expected effect.
– There are young girls who come and say: I did not get vaccinated, I do not want to get vaccinated while pregnant – said the doctor. He also recalled that PTGiP recommends vaccination usually after 16 weeks of pregnancy, “although world societies do not have this objection.” – We have cautiously emphasized that since we have not vaccinated ourselves so far and we are waiting, and we believe, after the 16th week there is already some safety of vaccination – he explained.
Professor Zimmer made an appeal to pregnant women. – Ladies, ladies and gentlemen, because this is about whole families, go to vaccinations. Because when you go to the hospital, to give birth (…), it may turn out that the patient lying next to you may be sick and spreading an infection. Despite the epidemic regime, despite the isolation, despite all our actions, it is a possible factor that can infect oneself, the child, the whole family – he explained.
Professor Zimmer on COVID-19: Figuratively speaking, the lung breaks. The disease affects the respiratory tract and the patient suffocates in agony
Professor Zimmer pointed out that “the course of COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnant women is very diverse.” As he said, the coronavirus infection can result in a flu-like infection, but also death.
– We say that we have experience, unfortunately this is the most unpleasant one: deaths on our hands of women who were ill – he continued. – Figuratively speaking, the lung bursts. It is a disease that affects the respiratory tract, and the patient suffocates in agony – said the head of the Department and Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University Hospital in Wrocław. He argued that “sometimes there are situations so extreme that you cannot help”. – It is scary, I do not wish it to anyone. I am surprised by those who deny the rightness of securing themselves, and we have weapons in our hands that can really help us – added prof. Zimmer.
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