Flu vaccine is especially important for IBD patients, physician says

02/11/2013 | McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease who are taking immune suppressants or biologics should get a flu vaccine because they are more susceptible to complications from influenza, according to Dr. Raymond Cross, director of the IBD Program at the University of Maryland. He says patients on immune-suppressing drugs should not get the nasal spray vaccine, however, because it contains a live virus that can lead to illness in patients whose immune systems are suppressed.

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