Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease are at Risk for Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses

@article{Melmed2006PatientsWI,
  title={Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease are at Risk for Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses},
  author={Gil Y. Melmed and Andrew F. Ippoliti and Konstantinos A. Papadakis and Tram T. Tran and Jaime L Birt and Susie K. Lee and Robert W. Frenck and Stephan R. Targan and Eric A. Vasiliauskas},
  journal={The American Journal of Gastroenterology},
  year={2006},
  volume={101},
  pages={1834-1840}
}
BACKGROUND:Patients with chronic, immune-mediated conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are often treated with long-term immunosuppressive therapies, potentially increasing their risk of developing an infection. Empiric data suggest that vaccines are underutilized in immunocompromised patients, despite published guidelines recommending their use. We aimed to assess exposure risk and immunization status among patients receiving care in an IBD specialty clinic.METHODS:Patients… CONTINUE READING

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