A recent study published in the Journal of Crohn's and Colitis found that concerns about side effects and vaccine safety were the most common reasons patients gave for not being vaccinated. Dr. Tung addresses these issues in the following steps:
Evaluation of an IBD patient for vaccination should be individualized, based on age and previously administered vaccinations. The best time to do that is at the time of initial diagnosis.
Care Coordination: A majority of patients in the study reported that the primary responsibility to ensure vaccine completion lies with the patient and the family physician. Effective and consistent communication between gastroenterologists and primary care physicians is key to developing a feasible strategy to educate IBD patients on vaccinations.