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Am J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jun;105(6):1231-8. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2009.733. Epub 2010 Jan 26.

A practical guide to vaccinating the inflammatory bowel disease patient.

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  • 1Boston Medical Center, Section of Gastroenterology, Department of Gastroenterology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, USA.


The increasing use of corticosteroids, immune modulators, and biologics as a mainstay of therapy in certain Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients have placed these inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients at increased risk for a variety of infections, many of which are preventable by prior vaccination. This article provides a review of the issues surrounding immunizations in the IBD patient and a practical guide for clinicians regarding the appropriate vaccinations to administer both before and during immunosuppressive therapy.

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