Study: COVID-19 vaccines safe for IBD patients

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Sumary of Study: COVID-19 vaccines safe for IBD patients:

  • Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) do not appear to have increased risk of side effects from the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, according to a recent Cedars-Sinai study published online and upcoming in print in the American Journal of Gastroenterology..
  • IBDs, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are chronic conditions that occur when the intestinal immune system becomes overreactive, causing chronic diarrhea and other digestive symptoms..
  • In a published survey at the beginning of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, 70% of IBD patients reported concern about side effects from the vaccines..
  • What we’ve learned is that if you have IBD, the side effects you’re likely to experience after a vaccine are no different than they would be for anyone else..
  • Gil Melmed, MD, corresponding author of the study and director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Research at Cedars-Sinai..
  • These patients, like those in the general population, most often reported pain and swelling at the injection site, followed by fatigue, headache and dizziness, fever and chills, and gastrointestinal symptoms..
  • Research into whether post-vaccination GI symptoms were from flares or simply reactions to the vaccine is ongoing..
  • However, Melmed emphasized that the vast majority of reported gastrointestinal symptoms were short-lived and resolved on their own….

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