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Medical director of Perinatal Infectious Diseases, Parkland Hospital, and assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
This FAQ is a printable reference for ob/gyns. It features information on the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as frequently asked questions and answers for ob/gyns to use when counseling patients.
Currently, the two available vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. This type of vaccine teaches cells how to make a protein, starting an immune response that creates antibodies. The antibodies protect us from getting infected when exposed to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 vaccine is different than influenza, or other vaccines, that rely on either live or inactivated virus to create the immune response.
Download the printable PDF here:
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2. The United States Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting, Dec. 17, 2020. Accessed Dec. 21, 2020. https://www.fda.gov/media/144434/download
3. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19. Accessed online Dec. 21, 2020.
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