Covid-19 vaccines are safe for “inflammatory bowel disease” patients: New research

What is the News?

According to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are safe for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases(IBD). They do not appear to have an increased risk of side effects from Covid vaccines.

About the Research:
  • Researchers evaluated the post-vaccination side effects in 246 adult inflammatory bowel diseases(IBD) Covid-19 vaccine patients.
  • These patients most often reported pain and swelling at the injection site after vaccination. This is followed by reasons such as fatigue, headache and dizziness, fever and chills and gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • However, most of these side effects were mild and lasted only a few days.
Inflammatory bowel disease(IBD):
  • Inflammatory bowel disease(IBD) represents a group of intestinal disorders that cause prolonged inflammation of the digestive tract.
  • Types: The two most common IBDs are ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease:
    • Ulcerative Colitis(UC) involves inflammation of the large intestine.
    • Crohn’s disease can cause inflammation in any part of the digestive tract. However, it mostly affects the tail end of the small intestine.
  • Causes of IBDs: Family history and genetics, Weak Immune System, Smoking, Ethnicity, Age and Environmental Factors among others.
  • Treatment: Treatment may include immunosuppressive drugs to control the inflammation.

Source: Indian Express

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