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?
Chickenpox, 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
Because these vaccines don't contain any live viruses, they can be given even if kids
are taking medicine that weakens the immune system.