New examine reveals ladies usually tend to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine than males – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new study shows there is a growing gender gap in the race for vaccination, and it is men who don’t roll up their sleeves.
In the US, women are vaccinated at a 10% higher rate than men, even though the adult population is roughly 50/50.
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This affects health professionals, as men around the world are around 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19.
Public health organizers in cities like Los Angeles, where only 30% of men were shot compared to 44% of women, say they plan on reaching out for men.
Although women are vaccinated more often than men, many women still have many questions about what specific side effects the vaccine might have for them.
And there is a lot of misinformation out there about whether the vaccine affects pregnancy or fertility.
Dr. Grace Ferguson, a gynecologist with the Allegheny Health Network, has some answers.
“It feels like a lot of people are just kind of waiting. I know the women who are very enthusiastic and really expressed themselves and I hear about it, but when I think of all of my patients as a whole, I think there is some hesitation there, “said Dr. Ferguson.
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“I also tell people that I was breastfeeding and got the vaccine because I find it amazing that we can transfer the immunity and benefit to my baby and that my pregnant gynecologist colleagues were also unanimously given the vaccine.”
Dr. Ferguson said she wants to get in touch with her patients and reminds them that she is also breastfeeding and got the vaccine.
Since vaccination, some women reported changes in their cycles. And after the hiatus on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which officials have since removed, many women began investigating the numbers surrounding blood clots.
And what about birth control? Here’s what Dr. Ferguson on these two topics:
“Just a young woman the age of birth control is around 1-5 in 10,000, and if you add birth control it gets to 3-9 in 10,000. So yeah, it’s increasing and it’s almost three to four times as much, but that number is still very low. And then the risk of blood clots when you’re pregnant is 65 out of 10,000, and that’s why we have to do the big picture. Yes, your risk of blood clotting on birth control pills is higher than if you are not taking birth control pills and are a healthy young woman, but your risk of blood clots during pregnancy is incredibly higher. “
She added, “But I wouldn’t be surprised, and I think it might be really normal for your menstrual cycle to change a bit when you have the vaccine.”
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Dr. Ferguson said the reason for this is because the menstrual cycle is inflammatory and your body is busy building that immunity after you get the vaccine. She believes that for most people it is not a problem.