Getting Vaccinated for Flu and Pneumonia

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People living with Crohn's or colitis are strongly encouraged to get their vaccines updated, especially during the window when there are fewer cases before a second surge in the fall.
Currently the flu season has started to dwindle, but hasn’t gone away entirely. However, the same things that will keep you safe from COVID-19 disease will keep you safe from other respiratory viruses as well (physical distancing and cleaning). Therefore, now may not be the time to get the flu vaccine unless you already have an essential doctor’s appointment planned. 

Watch the 2-minute video below for expert recommendations on getting vaccinated for flu and pneumonia to ensure that your safety is not compromised. 

Vaccinations for COVID-19 

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Vaccines for other illnesses do not protect you from COVID-19 disease, but they will protect you from other infections that may impact your outcomes if you do get COVID-19. Vaccines are protecting you from other bad diseases. You should keep you vaccines updated.

There are several vaccines for COVID-19 under development, with at least three undergoing a clinical trial in Canada. If the vaccine for COVID-19 is a live vaccine then there may be stipulations as to whether it can be administered when someone is on certain types of biologics.

It if is not a live vaccine then it should be safe for patients to take when on biologics. Hopefully, there will be a choice that will allow both live and non-live options for patients on immunosuppressants. 

Watch the 3-minute video below to learn more about recent developments in COVID-19 vaccines, and trials in Canada.

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.