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Are pregnant people immunocompromised?

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, explains when you are pregnant your immune system is already working overtime to keep you and your baby safe, so you are more vulnerable to infection. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.

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Yeah, I mean, pregnancy is a condition that by definition causes immunosuppression. And it’s very important that pregnant capable people understand that they are at higher risk for poor outcomes if you are presented with any infectious agent. It doesn’t matter if it’s a virus or a bacteria because you’re already immunocompromised. And the reason you’re already immunocompromised is because you’re growing another human.

And your immune system is already working overtime to keep you and your baby safe. We don’t want it busy having to work on something else. And, so, for me, it, I always try to explain to patients you want your immune system protecting you and your baby. You don’t want it having to fight off something else. It is important that it is serving its essential function during pregnancy, which is to help keep you and your baby healthy.

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