Have you had at least 2 hospital stays that lasted at least 24 hours, in the past 12 months? Or do you have an upcoming hospitalization where you will stay ≥ 72 hours? Jean Brown Research is conducting a clinical research study for an investigational C-Diff vaccine for individuals 50 years and older.
Participants that are selected for the study will receive a no charge vaccination, study related procedures and compensation for time and travel.
Basic qualifications are:
- 50 years and older
- must have had 2 hospital stays that lasted at least 24 hours in the past 12 months
- or must have an upcoming hospitalization where you stay ≥ 72 hours
If you qualify you may receive:
- Study related exam
- No charge investigational C- Diff vaccination
- Compensation for time and travel related to the study
To see if you qualify sign up now by filling out and submitting your information with the attached form.
What is Clostridium Difficile or C-Difficile?
C. difficile is a common bacterium that can live in the human gut. C. difficile cause illness ranging from mild diarrhea to severe colitis. In some cases, C. difficile infection can result in death.
C. difficile spores can live outside the body for long periods of time, on all kinds of surfaces. These spores are easily spread from infected patients to other patients in nursing homes & hospitals.
People who are taking antibiotics are at even higher risk of contracting C. difficile. Bacteria in the gut are usually controlled by the presence of “good” bacteria. C. difficile bacteria are resistant to most antibiotics.If the “good” bacteria get wiped out by antibiotics, the C. difficile bacteria can be left to multiply and produce toxins in the body.
Who is at Risk?
Individuals who are most at risk of C. difficile are:
Those with a generally weakened medical condition
Those who are taking antibiotics
Those who have been hospitalized or who have resided in a long term care facility where they could have been exposed to C. difficile spores
Age also is related to the increased chances of contracting C. difficile. Of the 350,000 Americans who are hospitalized for C. difficile annually, 77% of those cases are people over the age of 50.
Symptoms of C. Difficile
Typical symptoms of C. Difficle include:
Loss of Appetite
Abdominal Pain and Bloating
More Severe symptoms of C. difficile include:
Not passing stool
Megacolon, a lethal condition