Strategies to Improve Vaccine-Preventable Infections in the IBD Patient
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at an increased risk of vaccine-preventable infections; however, a significant number of patients do not receive (or complete) recommended immunizations. In …
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at an increased risk of vaccine-preventable infections; however, a significant number of patients do not receive (or complete) recommended immunizations. In this activity, Gary R. Lichtenstein, MD, and Michael Cirigliano, MD, will provide expert perspectives, interprofessional discussions, and resources on (1) the importance of vaccines in patients with IBD and adherence to recommended vaccination schedules; (2) improving guideline awareness and vaccine uptake among patients with IBD; (3) vaccine considerations and challenges in specific patient populations; and (4) strategies to improve interprofessional communication and responsibilities relating to vaccine education, assessment, monitoring, and administration.
After completing this activity, the participant will be better able to:Assess vaccination status and routine preventive care needs in patients with IBD in accordance with recommended schedulesIndividualize vaccination recommendations in alignment with current guidelines to help mitigate the risk of vaccine-preventable infection in patients with IBDImplement strategies that increase the frequency of guideline-compliant vaccination schedule completion for each IBD patient prior to initiating therapyCoordinate responsibilities for vaccination recommendations, monitoring, and administration among clinicians that care for patients with IBD
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