Experts call for shift in thinking on vaccine use in pregnant women
Health care and bioethics experts are calling on the scientific community to allow pregnant and lactating women to receive vaccines against emerging infectious diseases. Like with many other drugs, vaccines against infectious diseases like Ebola aren't often tested or approved for use in pregnant women. An international coalition of experts says it's time for that to change — and this morning, released a report laying out steps to shake up the status quo. Among the recommendations: make it the default during an epidemic to offer vaccines to pregnant and lactating women and get their input on research and vaccine deployment decisions.