LSSU students educate expectant mothers about perinatal vaccination

LSSUNursinBabyShower8903Soon-to-be mothers in the eastern U-P had the chance recently to learn about the importance of perinatal vaccinations.

Nursing students from Lake Superior State University presented information on the value of perinatal vaccinations to hundreds of expectant mothers and their families. It was part of a community wide baby shower.

Andrea Donmyer is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at LSSU.

She said expectant mothers need to be aware of how important perinatal vaccinations are.

“Vaccine preventable deaths are actually on the rise throughout the country and as well as in the state of Michigan. So we’re seeing resurgence of these pockets because of people choosing not to vaccinate.”

Donmyer said organizers are hoping to make the baby shower a bi-annual event, in an effort to increase awareness and education among expectant mothers.

By increasing awareness, she said, “Expectant mothers are going to be able to provide the protection for their babies, as well as not only from themselves, but from partners or anybody who’s taking care of their baby, they should also get vaccinated.”