West MI doctors urge pregnant women to get vaccinated
Some women are worried about getting vaccinated.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – Doctors in western Michigan are concerned about vaccine hesitancy, especially among pregnant women.
Doctors say pregnant women naturally have a lot of questions about the vaccine. But they say too many people choose to believe the misinformation over the advice of their doctors.
Some women say they are worried about hurting their babies if they get the vaccine, and others are worried about miscarriage if they get the vaccine.
Dr David F. Colomb, division chief of maternal and fetal medicine at Spectrum Health, said that just wasn’t the case.
Dr Colombo said people fear and believe the vaccine is so new that they don’t want to risk trying it. He said he understands that pregnant women are afraid, but he said the best thing pregnant women can do is protect themselves from covid by getting vaccinated, and that will also protect their unborn child before they get vaccinated. it is not too late.
“I have been in too many rooms with pregnant and fatally ill mothers,” Dr Colombo said. “(They) beg and are about to incubate and beg for the vaccine, saying, ‘you know I was wrong, give it to me now. “” And unfortunately at this point it is just too late.
Dr Colombo added: “I would say when it comes to the COVID vaccine and the flu shot, these are things you need to do now to give yourself the best chance of pregnancy, and everything we know says that it is safe for you or your children to do this. “
Dr Colombo added that the problem is that too many people tend to believe in things that are consistent with what they already believe regarding information about the vaccine, he said, that is. this is called confirmation bias.
He said expectant mothers should trust their doctor, the person they relied on and who cared for them before the pandemic, and not believe everything they read on social media.