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Dr. Terence Chapman
Board Certified, Urologic Oncology
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What are the disadvantages of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

Dr. Terence Chapman
Board Certified, Urologic Oncology
21 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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What are the positive benefits of the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?

Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
45 years in practice
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Anybody know about the BCG vaccine?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Is it worth getting the BCG vaccine for an adult?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine if going to india for a year?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna
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What're the advantages and disadvantages of the BCG vaccine for tb?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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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?
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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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Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How long does effect of BCG vaccine last?

Dr. Jay Park
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Chad Rudnick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What does BCG in "bcg vaccine" stand for?

Dr. Chad Rudnick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Why isn't the BCG vaccine given in the usa?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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