News & Updates
WGCACOVID VACCINE IN PREGNANCY and LACTATION- JANUARY, 2021
To All of Our Valued Patients,
COVID in pregnancy:
COVID in pregnancy can lead to severe disease, hospitalization, and death. COVID symptoms can vary greatly from mild to severe. All people, but especially those that are pregnant, should follow preventive measures (universal masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene) to prevent acquiring the coronavirus. Patients who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease, sickle cell disease, or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
It is recommended that everyone be tested for COVID prior to delivery, which will happen either at the time of setting up an induction or c-section or upon admission to Highland hospital. There is limited visitation at the hospital to keep everyone safe.
COVID vaccine in pregnancy & lactation:
COVID vaccination is only approved for those >18 years old, and recommended for those at risk for acquiring the infection. Pregnancy is a high-risk condition for severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization, and death. Both The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommend that patients consider the risks/benefits of acquiring COVID in pregnancy given their work and exposures when deciding on vaccination.
Based on limited data and since the theoretical risk of fetal harm from mRNA vaccines is very low, the benefits from vaccination greatly outweigh these risks in anyone exposed to COVID-19 at work or at home.
- A COVID shot is a vaccination to the COVID-19 virus.
- These are new vaccines, and there are several different versions, however the technology behind the vaccines is over 20 years old.
- Vaccination represents the most promising strategy for combatting COVID-19.
- These vaccines DO NOT contain live virus. You CANNOT get COVID from the vaccination.
- These are mRNA vaccines, and DO NOT go into the nucleus of the cell, or get incorporated into your DNA.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to continuing the safety and care for our patients during COVID-19.
None of the above will affect our after hours on-call services.
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The North American Menopause Society Statement on Continuing Use of Systemic Hormone Therapy After Age 65.
No Show Policy
WGCA charges a $50 fee to patients who do not come in for scheduled appointments, and a $100 fee for missed procedures, including ultrasound.
Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to keep your appointment, so that we can make that time available to other patients. If you need to contact us after hours about a cancellation, please leave a message on our voicemail system.
As you know, appointments are very important to our patients and our providers. When patients fail to keep their scheduled appointments, these times are not available for others who could have used them, even on relatively short notice. By implementing the "No Show" fee, we hope to make as many appointments available to our patients as possible, by encouraging all patients to keep their appointments or cancel in advance.
We thank you for your understanding of this policy. Should you have any questions, please contact our Practice Administrator at 244-3430 x100.
The Physicians and staff of Women Gynecology & Childbirth Associates, PC
Zika Virus: CDC Recommendations
For more information and recommendations on the Zika Virus please click the link below: