Safe Shot

The cholera vaccine Shanchol may be safe for pregnant women, according to a recent observational cohort study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
 
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Malawi Ministry of Health and the WHO studied 835 Malawian women who were vaccinated and 835 who were not during a 2015 outbreak. The vaccine did not increase risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal mortality.
 
CDC commentators Pedro Moro and Lakshmi Sukumaran say the Malawi study suggests vaccination of pregnant women could be a prevention strategy in cholera-endemic places where good sanitation is out of reach.
 
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases (commentary)

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