Getting vaccinated is also important to the health of expectant mothers, who face an increased risk for becoming severely ill with COVID-19 because of the physiological changes that take place during pregnancy, Dr. Selander says.
“The body is undergoing increased stress as its systems work to support mom and the baby,” explains Dr. Selander. “The respiratory and cardiovascular systems and the immune system are all under an increased strain to support the fetus.
“In general, a pregnant mom is more susceptible to being sick, and if she’s fighting an illness the systems can be overloaded and fail. They just don’t have as much ability to fight illness off.”
Tidelands Health offers the no-cost COVID-19 vaccine at three regional vaccination sites in Horry and Georgetown counties. Appointments aren’t necessary; you can simply walk in to get the vaccine during the clinics’ regular operating hours.
“Everyone ages 12 and older should feel comfortable getting the vaccine, including pregnant women,” says Dr. Selander. “Getting the vaccine will help protect you, your family and help us put this pandemic behind us.”