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C. Diff Vaccine Shows Promise

Vaccine to Prevent Infection With Diarrhea Bug Passes Early Hurdle

C. Diff Vaccine: Moving Forward

One big issue moving forward will be figuring out when to give the vaccine, Garey says. It takes much longer to mount the antibody response than to get the disease, he says.

Although it's too early to know how much the vaccine will cost, a computer model by other researchers showed that a vaccine would be cost-effective for the prevention of C. diff in high-risk patients and also for the prevention of recurrent C. diff, Foglia says.

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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