Gastroenterology & Hepatology

December 2017 - Volume 13, Issue 12

Vaccination and Health Maintenance Issues to Consider in Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Jason Reich, MD, Sharmeel K. Wasan, MD, and Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc

Dr Reich is a fellow, Dr Wasan is an assistant professor of medicine, and Dr Farraye is a professor of medicine in the Section of Gastroenterology at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Abstract: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) do not receive routine preventive care at the same rate as the general population. IBD places patients at increased risk for developing vaccine-preventable illnesses. This risk is further exacerbated by immunosuppressive therapy. This article highlights the necessary vaccinations for IBD patients and the timing of vaccination for immunosuppressed patients, and discusses the health maintenance needs and preventive care issues related to heart disease, smoking, osteoporosis, mental health, cervical cancer, and skin cancer.

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