Vaccinations and Other Preventive Care Measures Stressed in New IBD Guideline

Vaccinations and Other Preventive Care Measures Stressed in New IBD Guideline
The importance of preventive care to people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is stressed in a new guideline by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), with specific recommendations of measures IBD patients should take to stay healthy. The guideline, “ACG Clinical Guideline: Preventive Care in Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” was recently published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Recommendations cover vaccinations, quitting smoking, screening for two particularly relevant types of cancer (cervical and skin cancer), osteoporosis, depression, and anxiety. The guideline's development was led by Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc, FACG, a professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. Farraye and colleagues outlined preventive care required by IBD patients and also recommend that a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, primary care providers and other specialists work to deliver it. Vaccinations were emphasized, particularly for IBD patients on immunosuppressive therapies, due to the increased risk for infections these therapies pose. “Combinations of an immunomodulator and biologic agent are being used more frequently and earlier in subsets of patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease who present with or have signs and symptoms of an aggressive course,” Farraye said in a news release
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