Preventing Newborn Infection with Maternal Immunization

Science Translational Medicine  24 Jul 2013:
Vol. 5, Issue 195, pp. 195ps11
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3005451

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Group B streptococcal disease is a common cause of bacterial sepsis in newborns and is often fatal. To protect these babies, a vaccination program must target pregnant women for immunization so that the resulting antibodies can be passively delivered from the mother to the fetus. Scientists met in Siena, Italy, to discuss potential approaches to maternal immunization for the prevention of perinatal group B streptococcal disease.

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