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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should a person with Crohn's disease get an annual flu shot?

    Can I take a flu shot?
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    Dr van Langenberg is a consultant gastroenterologist in private practice in Melbourne's Eastern suburbs and has public hospital appointments as Director of IBD, Eastern Health … View Profile

    The answer is Yes. Given Crohn's disease is an immune system disorder and patients are often on immune-suppressing medications, annual flu (influenza) injections are a good idea as a patient may be at slightly higher risk than the general population. The flu vaccination is safe in all patients on any standard medication, including immune- suppressing meds, for Crohn's disease.

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