Tracy Russell Executive Director Mother and Child Health Coalition
As summer comes to a close, there has been an additional tool added to our fight against maternal morbidity -- CDC approval of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for pregnant women. As disease incidence remains stubbornly high in Kansas City and across the nation, the pandemic has become a tale of two realities: one for the vaccinated and another for the unvaccinated. Health systems are at a breaking point in meeting the demand for resources, personnel and even bed availability to treat the severe cases that are overwhelmingly occurring among the unvaccinated. Throughout the pandemic, pregnant women have faced a unique worry, inhabiting a gray area of uncertainty about whether the vaccine is safe for them and their babies. This worry becomes even more pronounced with the highly-contagious Delta variant.

The CDC’s approval of the vaccines for use by pregnant women should remove ambiguity and aid in the decision-making process for moms. It has been known for some time that the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women is more severe than on non-pregnant women. The risk of severe illness, preterm birth and even maternal death is higher in comparison. While these adverse outcomes have been known, risk is only part of the equation when considering a decision to vaccinate. The other consideration is reward. The CDC’s studies indicate that a key benefit of vaccination for pregnant women is that antibodies are passed onto the baby during pregnancy, providing some protection against the disease.  

In October, Nurture KC is hosting a free flu/COVID-19 vaccination clinic at our office for the families in our Healthy Start program. Offering this direct access to our families, along with the education to make an informed decision, will help keep our families healthy.

Tracy Russell
Executive Director, Nurture KC
Please Share: Flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations & dates

Once again this Fall, Walgreens is providing vaccines so we can run our free clinics. At most clinics, both the flu and COVID-19 immunizations (Johnson & Johnson one-dose shot) will be available to the public. See the schedule below or on our web site's immunization page.

Don't miss: Hall-of-famer and former KC Chiefs player, Will Shields (above) will be signing autographs for anyone who receives a vaccine from 5 to 6 p.m. at our Salvation Army Olathe clinic on Friday, Sept. 17. Tell all the Chiefs' fans you know! The direct link to our vaccine clinic calendar to share is:

All clinic locations will take walk-in appointments or you can schedule an appointment online via Walgreens. The scheduling link will be available later this week, so check back on our above page.
Join Us Sept. 29 for this Eye-Opening Documentary
Register to Attend at

2021 Immunization Symposium:
“Vaccination in the Time of COVID-19”
October 14, 2021
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central)
Held virtually via Zoom

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Greg Poland, M.D. -- As a doctor and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Poland specializes in immunogenetics of vaccine response in both adults and children. He coined the term “vaccinomics” to refer to the development of personalized vaccines on an increased understanding of immune response.

Dr. Kevin Ault, M.D., FACOG -- Dr. Ault’s research and clinical interests are infectious diseases and women’s health. He has been an investigator in a wide variety of research projects involving maternal immunization and human papillomavirus. He is with the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

CLICK HERE to register and learn more information, such as the event overview, detailed agenda, continuing education goals and speaker bios.


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THANK YOU to Mary Sweat, Edna Perez-Koury and
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Family Conservancy -- Donor Membership Level
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