Swine flu, aka the H1N1 virus, has not gone away. In fact, advisers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending that pregnant women get vaccinated against it, according to a report from NPR.
Unsurprisingly, the report points out that “recommendations that pregnant women be vaccinated will be a hard sell to pregnant women — and their doctors.”
Not all doctors are against this vaccination, however. The NPR story quotes Dr. Iffath Hoskins, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, as saying “We’ve seen [pregnant women] get very sick, very quickly,” even if they were completely healthy before the virus hit.
I wonder if this is going to spur an MMR vaccine style backlash, or if pregnant women will simply take the shot if instructed to do so. NPR spoke to Dr. John Treanor, a vaccine expert at the University of Rochester, who said that “I think there is accumulated evidence that the vaccine is safe in pregnancy.” But so many people, right or wrong, take an “us against them” attitude when it comes to vaccines. If I had to guess, I would say yeah, there might be a few arguments about this one.