Influenza vaccination rates were lower among Black patients with inflammatory bowel disease vs. white patients with IBD, according to research presented at Digestive Disease Week.

“Patients with IBD are recommended to follow a vaccine schedule, including influenza and the pneumococcal vaccines. Racial disparities do exist in access to IBD specialists, ED visit usage and biologic use,” Poonam Beniwal-Patel, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, and colleagues wrote. “However, there is a paucity of studies looking at health disparities in vaccination rates in the IBD population.”

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