Staph or Staphylococcus aureus is a common germ. It can cause a life threatening condition called “bacteremia” (an infection in the blood, also known as “blood poisoning”).
Why is S. aureus a problem for surgery patients?
Many surgery patients have an increased risk of developing a S. aureus infection for two primary reasons:
Why a vaccine?
Vaccines are given to prevent a disease before it occurs. They stimulate the body’s natural defenses (immune system) to increase substances (antibodies) used to prevent infections. Just as the flu vaccine is used to prevent you from getting the flu, this vaccine is being tested to see if it can be used to prevent S. aureus infections.
How is this vaccine given?
Like the flu vaccine, is administered by injection into your upper arm or leg.
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