Time for Action: The Urgent Need for Immunization in Patients with IBD

Time for Action: The Urgent Need for Immunization in Patients with IBD

On-Demand Webcast

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


Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc, FACG
Boston Medical Center
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts
Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS, FACG
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California

Target Audience

This activity is designed for gastroenterology physicians, internists, fellows, gastroenterology nurses, and related healthcare providers that are involved and/or interested in the therapeutic management of patients with IBD.


Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face a number of health challenges, not the least of which is an increased risk of infection. However, many opportunistic infections to which patients with IBD are susceptible are preventable with currently available vaccinations. Guidelines recommend a number of immunizations that patients with IBD should receive as a precaution, especially at diagnosis and before beginning immunosuppressive treatment. This webcast from the Time for Action: The Urgent Need for Immunization in Patients with IBD symposium provides clinicians with expert guidance on ACG recommendations and guidelines pertaining to the need for vaccination in patients with IBD, and provides suggestions on how to implement these strategies for optimal clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Outline vaccination recommendations for patients with IBD on low-level and high-level immunosuppression therapy, as per guidelines
  2. Ensure that every patient with IBD has had a review of immunization status and that all appropriate vaccinations are current
  3. Initiate a coordinated care practice with primary care clinicians for all patients with IBD to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date
  4. Provide education for all patients with IBD on the importance of immunization, including vaccine checklists that can be shared with primary care clinicians

Release Date: October 23, 2018

Expiration Date: October 23, 2019

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Imedex is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME) and Imedex. NACCME is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



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This knowledge-based activity (JA0006201-9999-18-208-H01-P/JA0006201-9999-19-135-H01-P) is approved for 1.50 contact hours (0.015 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education.

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Planning Committee

The planning committee comprises Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc, FACG, Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG, Gil Melmed, MD, FACG; and Chris Bolwell, Monalisa Singh, and Susan Yarbrough, Imedex.

Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

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All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies reported, and levels of evidence.

Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc, FACG has received research and/or grant support from Celgene, has served as a consultant for Braintree, Ferring, Janssen, Lilly, Merck, Pfizer, Protagonist, Theravance, and Takeda, owns stock in Innovation Pharmaceuticals, and has received other support from Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and Massachusetts Gastroenterology Association.

Millie D. Long, MD, MPH, FACG has received research and/or grant support from Pfizer and Takeda, and has served as a consultant for AbbVie, Janssen, Pfizer, Takeda, Targetpharmasolutions, Theravance, and UCB.

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS, FACG has received research and/or grant support from Pfizer, and has served as a consultant for AbbVie, Celgene, Janssen, Medtronic, Pfizer, Redhill Biopharma, Samsung Bioepis, and Takeda.

Chris Bolwell discloses that he holds shares of stock of GlaxoSmithKline.

Monalisa Singh and Susan Yarbrough disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

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This activity has been supported by an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.