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Oct 11, 2018

Biologic Therapy in Pregnancy Does Not Affect Infant Vaccines

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator, @kanaazpereira

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)  like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis may need immunosuppressive biologic therapy to control the disease. Some of these drugs can cross the placenta and many pregnant women worry about the effect this may have on the baby. But multiple studies have found no link between using biologic agents and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Dr. Sunanda Kane, M.D., goes further to explain a recent study, which found that the effectiveness of  vaccines given to infants does not appear to be affected by exposure to biologic therapy taken by mothers with IBD during pregnancy. The study was published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Dr. Kane is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.

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