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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Can You Be Vaccinated Against Bladder Infections?

The immune system is how we ward off infections and those asymptomatic subclinical infections; and is the way your body can at times treat a full blown infection without medication. Thus was born the concept, and now the reality of vaccination medicine. Vaccines treat a variety of infections, and the growing number of conditions we can treat is impressive. Women have longed for and effective vaccine for reducing risks of urinary tract infections (UTIs). But traditional vaccine development has not worked with UTIs. So the developers have had to get more creative. There is something about the way a bladder infection is caused that has given vaccine developers an idea. Stemming from the idea that it is bacteria that stick to the walls of the bladder that ultimately become the infection, they are trying to develop vaccines that would target the protein of the E.coli bacteria. We generally use shots (i.e. vaccine shot) of substances to stimulate the natural immunity. Now we are trying ways that the stimulants can be given orally, or even instilled into the bladder rather than in shot form. Since the bacteria of the gut or the bacteria that enter by way of the urethra are the way these infections begin, these are quite cleaver strategies. But all these methods are only in the very early stages, so for now you have to rely on more traditional strategies to avoid urinary tract infections. Many but not all infections can be avoided by more fluids, voiding after sex, and even by avoiding antibiotic use.


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