John Gunn, of the OSU Medical Center, is looking for a way to protect people and he may have found it. The vaccine is made from salmonella. It’s combined with parts of other food borne bacteria. Gunn hopes this vaccine could someday protect us from several illnesses at once. So far, lab tests are promising.

"We’ve been able to show in a single oral dose one hundred percent protection against both salmonella and listeria," said Gunn.

Doctor Gunn says the protection lasted up to six months. Someday we may be able to get a single shot that would protect us for years.

There may be some time before a vaccine is available. Until then, protect yourself by using the following tips:

  • Cook raw meats thoroughly
  • Wash your hands before and after handling food
  • Use separate cutting boards and utensils for meats and vegetables
  • Wash everything in hot soapy water