Thursday, October 20, 2011

vaccines: BCG

Since tuberculosis is common in the Philippines, the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (or Bacille Calmette-Guérin)  is one of the immunizations given at birth or soon after birth among Filipino babies (and even to foreigners born on the Philippine shores at that).

This is also included in the government's EPI thus, is covered by the Philhealth on hospital deliveries.

Below is an information on this vaccine from the CDC.

Vaccines and Preventable Diseases:

Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccination

BCG is a vaccine for TB. This vaccine is not widely used in the United States, but it is often given to infants and small children in other countries where TB is common. BCG vaccine does not always protect people from getting TB. If you were vaccinated with BCG, you may have a positive reaction to a TB skin test.  This reaction may be due to the BCG vaccine itself or due to infection with the TB bacteria. Your positive reaction is more likely to mean you have been infected with TB bacteria...More
Tb vaccination

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