Key Insights: Is Timing Everything? Making Vaccination-Related Preventive Care Decisions Early in IBD

Key Insights: Is Timing Everything? Making Vaccination-Related Preventive Care Decisions Early in IBD

On-Demand Webcast

Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Sunanda V. Kane, MD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed to meet the educational needs of US-based gastroenterologists, internists, gastroenterology nurses, and other healthcare professionals (physicians-in-training, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, etc.) involved and/or interested in the therapeutic management of patients with IBD will also benefit from the education.


Infections are the most common significant adverse event among immunosuppressed patients with IBD. Even though the risk of serious infection increases with the number of immunosuppressive therapies, many infections are preventable with routine immunizations. Because many patients rely on their gastroenterologists for their routine immunizations, these clinicians require the latest information about the importance of routine and timely vaccination for all IBD patients. This activity provides expert guidance on the ACG recommendations and guidelines pertaining to the need of vaccination in IBD patients, and discusses best practices for implementing these strategies to optimize clinical outcomes.


Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Evaluate evidence-based best practices for the need of vaccination against various opportunistic infections in patients with IBD
  2. Interpret American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) clinical guidelines pertaining to identification, safety and appropriate timing of vaccinations in IBD patients
  3. Implement the rational and timely use of vaccination in IBD patients receiving immunomodulators or biologics

This activity is provided by Imedex®, LLC.

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Supported by an educational grant from: Pfizer, Inc.


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1=grant/research support 2=consultant 3=speaker’s bureau 4=stock shareholder 5=other support

Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG AbbVie2; Pfizer2; Takeda1,2; Target PharmaSolutions2; Theravance2; UCB2
Sunanda V. Kane, MD AbbVie2; Merck2; Seres Therapeutics2; Spherix Health2; UCB1

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   Chris Bolwell owns shares of stock of GlaxoSmithKline.

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Release Date: June 15, 2018

Expiration Date: June 15, 2019