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Is it safe for pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19?

The second wave caused more pain and deaths despite have more knowledge about the virus than last year. This is because of the mutating variants. It has been months since India started the vaccination drive and yet a small fraction of people have been vaccinated so far.

 There have been numerous doubts and rumours about the virus. One such rumour was that pregnant women should not get vaccinated. Is this true? NO! The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have stated that it IS safe for pregnant women to get vaccinated

Why is it a necessity to get vaccinated while pregnant?

Even though being pregnant does not make you more vulnerable to the virus, studies say that women who are pregnant and have the virus within them are at a higher risk than women who are not pregnant. The mother’s health is likely to deteriorate rapidly, eventually causing harm to the foetus’ health too.

If the mother is over 35 years of age, the virus could pose as a threat to both the mother and the baby who she is expecting. Getting vaccinated against the virus will drastically reduce the severity of COVID-19 for the expecting mother. It will start building antibodies just like any other vaccine and help the mother build a great immune response against the virus.

When is the right time to get vaccinated?

The vaccination window for pregnant women is flexible. You can get vaccinated as and when you please after consulting your doctor.  An expecting mother who has recovered from COVID-19 can as get vaccinated. They would have to wait for a period of 3 months post recovery as per medical guidelines.

Are there any risks involved?

Studies state that the risks involved are much lesser than the benefits one could gain from getting vaccinated. It is a procedure encouraged to empower mothers to decide what will benefit her and the life that she is carrying. The side effects of the vaccine are similar for everyone, irrespective of a pregnancy. In case this happens your doctor will be able to guide you about the management of any discomfort or side effects arising after vaccination. Do not medicate by yourself and always keep your doctor in loop. The most common side effects, if they do occur are

·        Sore arm

·        Fatigue

·        Fever

·        Chills

·        Body ache

·        Headache

·        Nausea

How does one go about the registration?

It is instructed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that state governments make vaccination available to all pregnant women who want to get vaccinated.  Any expecting mother can walk in to a vaccination drive or register on the CoWIN website.

When you are growing a life inside you, you’re making decision for two. It’s important to consult a doctor and make an informed decision that is in the best interest for you and your child. We would love to assist you and make your life simpler. Lexa Lab provides superior quality and affordable medicines. We strive to keep up with our motto, ‘Caring for Life’.

Why the Delta Plus Variant is the worst till date

The second wave of COVID-19 was a tragedy for many. The cases have dropped and that feels temporarily relieving. But as we have started easing restrictions, the Delta Plus variant (a mutated version of Delta variant) of the virus has emerged, and poses a great threat to us. 

Why is this concerning?

The Delta Plus variant is a super-spreader as it is 60% more contagious than the previous variants. The IMCR (Indian Council of Medical Research) states that the transmission capacity of the variant has increased drastically which means that it will spread faster from person to person. 

Epidemiologists believe that the Delta plus variant is the most dangerous one so far. It affects the lungs of the patient. With the third wave approaching, we must take as much precautions as possible. 

But how will I know if I have the Delta Plus variant

You cannot say for sure on your own if you are the victim of this variant, only a proper testing can confirm that. But top virologists have advised to take immediate consultation with your doctor and get yourself tested if you notice the symptoms mentioned below.

  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Skin rash
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Diarrhoea
  • Discolouration of fingers and toes.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea

But the must be a way to prevent this right?

Of course there is! While a tiny virus that has travelled the world may be difficult to escape, it’s not impossible to prevent it either. Many have done it since over a year, you can do it too. Here are some ways in which you can prevent the virus from entering you.

  • Avoid going out unless it is absolutely necessary
  • Wear a double mask when you step outside your house
  • Disinfect any outfit that was worn while you were outside your house
  • Disinfect any item you purchased/had delivered 
  • Avoid touching any surfaces when you are outside.
  • Take your footwear out 
  • Use sanitizer every time you touch anything.
  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds if you do not use a sanitizer
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet with people
  • The one that trumps them all, GET YOURSELF VACCINATED as soon as possible.

What is the treatment provided?

None of the existing treatments have proved to be effective towards the mutated variant. There is no sure shot way to treat this variant yet. The doctors and working round the clock to do all they can with the limited knowledge we have about the rapidly mutating virus. Therefore, the best you can do is to get vaccinated and reduce the severity of the virus. 

This virus has been a deal breaker for many. With the new variant emerging, it’s best if stay indoors as much as possible. If you are home quarantined or simply do not want to step out for your medications, do not worry. Lexa Lab has got you covered. Our online pharmacy provides superior quality and affordable medicinal drugs.

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