Although there's no way to prevent all types of sepsis, some cases can be avoided

  1. Transmission of Group B streptococcus bacteria from mother to child during childbirth can be prevented.
  2. Pregnant women can have a simple swab test during the 35th and 37th weeks of pregnancy and again just before the birth to determine if they carry the GBS bacteria. If a woman tests positive for GBS, she can receive intravenous antibiotics during labor.
  3. Immunizations routinely given to infants today include vaccinations against certain strains of pneumococcus and Haemophilus influenzae type b that can cause sepsis or occult bacteremia, an infection of the blood.