MONDAY, DEC. 2, 1996

Vaccine Created To Help Births

A Harvard physician has developed a vaccine that one day could protect thousands of babies from a potentially deadly infection that mothers now try to avoid by taking powerful antibiotics during childbirth.

The threat is group B streptococcus, a bacterium that lurks harmlessly in many women but that can be fatal or brain-damaging if passed to infants in the birth canal.

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