Does the Sepsis Vaccine Work?

Sepsis cannot always be prevented, but since sepsis is caused by an infection, if we avoid becoming ill with an infection, sepsis may also be avoided.

One way to reduce our risk of developing infections is by receiving vaccinations that target certain viruses (and a few types of bacteria). Viruses are tiny agents that live inside living cells, or host cells. Almost any virus could potentially trigger sepsis among anyone of any age, especially among people who have weakened immunes systems.

Sometimes incorrectly called blood poisoning, sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to infection. Sepsis kills and disables millions and requires early suspicion and treatment for survival. Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body, such as pneumonia, influenza, or meningitis. Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die. Many who do survive are left with life-changing effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and fatigue, organ dysfunction (organs don’t work properly) and/or amputations.

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