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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health
Monthly Newsletter
May 2021

Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in April titled, Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons. This study evaluated reports from 35,691 pregnant participants from the V-safe after vaccination health checker surveillance system, the V-safe pregnancy registry, and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) after receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations. Results in this study were reported from pregnant people who received vaccination in the third trimester (and therefore could report on pregnancy outcomes). Local and systemic reactions were similar among pregnant and nonpregnant women. Although not directly comparable, the proportions of adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes (eg, fetal loss, preterm birth, small size for gestational age, congenital anomalies, and neonatal death) among participants with completed pregnancies from the V-safe pregnancy registry appear to be similar to the published incidences in pregnant populations studied before the Covid-19 pandemic.


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New EH and COVID-19 Resource Library from NACCHO
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, environmental health staff at local health departments have had to adapt existing programs and respond to new challenges. To support local health officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials has gathered and developed resources to address the needs of environmental public health staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
National PEHSU  Highlights
 Early Care and Education Webinars
 Safe and Effective Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting for Early Care  and Education webinars presented by Bobbie Rose, RN PHN, Marian Heyman, MPH, and Vickie Leonard, RN, NP, PhD provide an exceptional overview on how to protect the health of children, staff and the environment in child care settings.  The webinars can be viewed on the #PEHSU website:

Clean Away COVID Campaign
The PEHSUs are happy to announce the partnership with the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists and endorsement of Clean Away COVID. Clean Away COVID has helpful information on cleaning your home and protecting families against COVID-19. For more information and resources check out Clean Away COVID website: 

The Region 5 PEHSU has published a new fact sheet on the safety of Quaternary Ammonium for disinfection. The fact sheet is available online:
Who We Are
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health (GLRCEH)  serves as the Region 5 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and is funded by EPA and ATSDR. The GLRCEH serves Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It provides telephone consultations, technical assistance, and training from experts in pediatrics, clinical toxicology, and industrial hygiene. You can call our hotline at 866-967-7337.
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This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000296-02-00 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications. 

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