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COVID-19

What AIH Patients Need to Know

Since the pandemic began, the AIHA has been committed to providing patients with the latest research and most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and how it can impact autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) patients. 

See below for our official statement surrounding the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Throughout the pandemic we have been creating AIH-specific content and answering some of our members' most commonly asked questions.

Our webinar series, COVID-19 Frontline Report, digs into the research about the impact of COVID-19 for AIH patients.

 

Vaccines.

Our Statement on the COVID-19 Vaccines:

 

The AIHA encourages AIH patients to receive any of the available COVID-19 vaccines and recommends that patients accept whichever one is first available to them. We advise patients to check with their doctors before getting the vaccines. For more information on the vaccines and other topics related to COVID-19, check out some of our previously published webinars and other resources below.

Helpful Resources.

 
 

COVID-19 Frontline Report.

We continue our conversation with Robert W. Frenck, Jr., M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Dr. Frenck is a researcher and the principal investigator of CCHMC’s Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit, which evaluates new vaccines and therapeutics in numerous areas of infectious diseases.

 

During the webinar, Dr. Frenck focuses on topics relevant for adult patients and discusses vaccine safety, efficacy, and life after the vaccine.

Robert W. Frenck, Jr., M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, gives an overview of the COVID-19 vaccines and addresses important topics affecting pediatric autoimmune liver disease patients and their families.

Back to School in a Pandemic: An Expert Approach

The ninth webinar in our COVID-19 Frontline Report series covers the challenges of returning to school during the outbreak. A pediatric hepatologist and an infectious diseases specialist share their advice for keeping your families safe as children, teens, and college-age students head back to class.

Immunosuppression and COVID-19: Is there risk?

The first webinar in our new series gives an overview of the pandemic, digs into the risks for adults and pediatric autoimmune liver disease patients, shares more about the impact of taking immunosuppressants during infectious disease outbreaks, and answers questions from patients. The webinar is brought to you by the Autoimmune Hepatitis Association and the Center for Autoimmune Liver Disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

COVID-19 Frontline Report: Coping with the Crisis

The second webinar in our series, titled COVID-19 Frontline Report: Coping with the Crisis, features two psychologists who provide both adult and pediatric patients and families with tips to handle these stressful times. An infectious disease specialist also gives an update on new developments in the pandemic and the latest news that autoimmune liver disease patients need to know.

COVID-19 Frontline Report: Doctors in a Hot Zone

The third webinar in our series features adult and pediatric hepatologists who share their experiences working on the frontlines at hospitals in New York City. An infectious disease specialist also gives an update on new developments in the pandemic.

COVID-19 Frontline Report: The Patient Perspective

In the fourth webinar in our series, we sit down with an AIH patient who is recovering from COVID-19 and hear her story of battling the disease. We also learn about the latest development in the pandemic from an infectious disease specialist. This free bi-weekly webinar series is brought to you by the Autoimmune Hepatitis Association and the Center for Autoimmune Liver Disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital (CALD).

Frontline Report: COVID-19 in Children

The fifth webinar in our series focuses on how the coronavirus is impacting infected children. We interview two doctors and researchers who help lead a national database that collects information on how children and teens with liver disease have fared after contracting COVID-19. We also speak to a physician who discusses a new rare inflammatory condition related to COVID-19 that's been observed in some children and teens.

COVID-19 Frontline Report, Top Ten Summer Activities: Know the Risks!

As communities lift restrictions and families look forward to summer, we sit down with Krutika Kuppalli, M.D., an infectious disease physician, who explains the risks of contracting COVID-19 while participating in top summer activities. We share activities that are generally safe and ones you should consider avoiding, especially if you or a loved one has an autoimmune liver disease.

COVID-19 Frontline Report: Ask Me Anything with Krutika Kuppalli, M.D.

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli is back by popular demand for our seventh webinar! This Ask Me Anything session features questions from you, autoimmune liver disease patients and families. As an infectious diseases physician, Dr. Kuppalli shares her expert advice and addresses topics ranging from mask use and vaccine updates to risks associated with returning to everyday activities post-quarantine.

COVID-19 Frontline Report: Staying Centered in an Unbalanced World

Anne Mary Montero, Ph.D., shares tips for staying centered during a time of uncertainty. Dr. Montero is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine where she has worked as a clinical psychologist since 2007. She is an expert in health psychology and has a special interest in patients with digestive and liver diseases.