All kids should be protected from the diseases that immunizations can help prevent.
But children with inflammatory
bowel disease (IBD) have a greater chance of getting infections. So it's very
important for them to get all their immunizations on time.
Your health care provider will go over your child's immunization
records and give the needed vaccines as soon as possible.
What Vaccines Shouldn't Be Given?
MMR (measles, mumps,
and rubella), and intranasal flu vaccines contain live viruses, so can't be given
to kids who take medicine that weakens the immune
system, such as biologics. Whenever possible, live vaccines should be given before
starting immunosuppressive therapy.
What Vaccines Are Safe for Kids With IBD?
Vaccines that do not contain live viruses should be given according to the recommended
schedule. Because these vaccines don't contain any live viruses, they can be given
even if kids are taking medicine that weakens the immune system.