Curbside Consultation in IBD: 49 Clinical Questions, Second Edition

David T Rubin, MD; Sonia Friedman, MD; Francis A Farraye, MD MSc

Question: 46 Which Vaccines Should I Recommend For My Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients, And When Should I Give Them? (continued)

Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc; Sharmeel K. Wasan, MD

The use of immunomodulators and biological therapies has enhanced overall quality of life for many patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by decreasing inflammatory activity in the gastrointestinal tract, the number of hospitalizations, and the need for surgery. Despite these benefits, patients receiving immunosuppressive agents are at higher risk for developing infections, many of which may be preventable through the use of appropriate vaccination. IBD patients have historically had low vaccination rates,1 and gastroenterologists have knowledge deficits with regard to the correct…