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What are the disadvantages of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

What are the disadvantages of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

Always will be PPD+: Apart from the effectiveness debate, those who receive BCG as TB vaccine will always be ppd+ (or be hypersensitive to ppd) which can require imaging such as chest xrays to prove that there is no active disease, when previously a negative PPD would suffice. ...Read more

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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is also known as Tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


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What are the positive benefits of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

What are the positive benefits of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

Active TB prevention: The major role of BCG vaccine is TB prevention. Bcg vaccine is also effective for protection against leprosy and disease due to nontuberculous mycobacteria. The efficacy of bcg-protection against active tb- is about 50%, and the duration of protection is believed to be 10 to 15 years. ...Read more

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Anybody know about the BCG vaccine?

Anybody know about the BCG vaccine?

Bcg vaccine: Bcg vaccine is a vaccine for tuberculosis.It is not used in us, but it is used in many countries where there is high prevalence of tb.To prevent childhood tb, TB meningitis and miliary tuberculosis.It should only be used in persons and children who have negative tuberculin test and are continually exposed and can not be separeted from adults who are not adequately treated, or have resistance strain. ...Read more

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Is it worth getting the BCG vaccine for an adult?

Is it worth getting the BCG vaccine for an adult?

Bcg vaccine: No it is not and it does not work.The studies in us have shown it is not effective to prevent tuberculosis, it has been recommended in some of the british raaj countries, like gyana, jamaika, trinidad and others.But the effectiveness is very doubtfull. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine if going to india for a year?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine if going to india for a year?

Bcg vaccine abroad: It will give you only false security, it is not effective in preventing tuberculosis and is not recommended you should however all other pracautions and on your return get matoux test done and if turns positive to take prophylaxis treatment. ...Read more

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What're the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine for tb?

What're the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine for tb?

BCG VACCINE: Bcg vaccine is still being given to new born babies in several countries .It is effective in protecting againt TB meningitis in children but its effectiveness against pulmonary tuberculosis is variable usa and holland have never used it routinely, due to surveilance with monyoux test disadvantages except making difficult to interpret motoux test in us, and not very effective for pulmonary tuberculo. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if I've had a BCG vaccine when young. (I dont have a BCG scar on my arm) Should i get it now if I'm travelling to India? Thanks

I'm not sure if I've had a BCG vaccine when young. (I dont have a BCG scar on my arm) Should i get it now if I'm travelling to India?
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No: BCG is widely utilized in 3rd world setting to prevent miliary tuberculosis which takes many many lives in newborns. It has absolutely no protective effect against tuberculosis (non-miliary). So..don't waste your time or money. ...Read more

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How long does effect of BCG vaccine last?

How long does effect of BCG vaccine last?

About 5 years: Positive tuberculin skin test (tst) measuring up to 10 mm lasts about 5 years. Induration over 10 mm by tst after 5 years requires additional evaluation, e.g., chest x-ray or interferon-gamma assay. ...Read more

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What does BCG in "bcg vaccine" stand for?

Bcg: bcg stands for Bacillus Calmette–Guérin... Calmette and Guérin are the last names for whom the vaccine is named. ...Read more

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Why isn't the BCG vaccine given in the usa?

Why isn't the BCG vaccine given in the usa?

TB is rare here: The use of bcg in areas where TB in relatively common does slow the spread of the problem.However, TB has been rare in the us for many decades & the need for such a vaccine has not shown a true benefit. ...Read more

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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more


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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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