Yearly flu shots are encouraged for kids with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD), and those who are closest to them. 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.Nurse giving a young girl a vaccine

It is important to note: Patients taking immunosuppressant drugs (such as prednisone, 6MP, Methotrexate, biologic agents like Remicade or Humira) CANNOT receive a “live vaccine” because they can become ill as a result of the vaccine. This is especially important to remember 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.

- from the ImproveCareNow Nurses Group

Visit the CDC website for comprehensive information on seasonal influenza.

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