Immunization Recommendations from CDC 2013

The following was copied from the ImproveCareNow Circle Newsletter (

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers easy-to-print schedules for regular childhood immunizations and “maintenance”. These are good resources for parents and patients to keep track of their vaccine schedule. You can access them here:

It is important to note: Patients taking immunosuppressant drugs (such as prednisone, 6MP, Methotrexate, biologic agents like Remicade or Enbrel) CANNOT receive a “live vaccine” because they can become ill as a result of the vaccine. This is especially important during fall when the flu vaccine is recommended. The intranasal flu vaccine (flu mist) is a live vaccine and should NOT be given to patients taking immunosuppressant drugs.

Yearly flu [injection] shots are encouraged for kids with IBD because the flu can be very serious in someone taking immunosuppressant drugs or who has a chronic illness.  Also, because the flu is a viral infection it can stimulate the immune system and could cause a flare.

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