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Bcg Vaccine Pus
My baby is 3month old today his left arm at the site of (bcg vaccine) is swollen with pus is that normal please help?
Go to the doctor!: This is NT normal. It is an infection. It means go to the doctor right now! ...Read more
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
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
No issue: This is not likely a concern.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
Can BCG Vaccine could be given to a person undergoingMicobacterium T.B & is on Medication for the same. Will it be effective.
Not needed: We don‘t give BCG vaccines in USA. If you are already being treated for TB, you don‘t need BCG ...Read more
Individuals who are vaccinated with BCG though can still get TB, since the protection by the vaccination decreases over time, .
Babies have immature immune systems, so if there is any doubt, a TB test can be performed. ...Read more
Normal no: Usually get small reaction after shot. Some might not. The natural course after BCG is after 6 to 8 weeks swelling appears that grows can exude fluid, ulcerate then scar. Now the scar is the most simple and convenient way to see successof vaccine. Rarely there might not be a scar but if there is no scar after 6 months see ur dr to do a mantoux TB test, if it is negative probably repeat bcg. ...Read more
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
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
I had BCG vaccine 40 years ago. What are my chances of getting TB if im exposed to a person who has one?
If a child from foreign country test positive for Monteux but no symptom, should she be given TB meds or is BCG vaccine enough?
Needs treatment: Best to go to a TB clinic for consultation but if PPD is positive and cxray and exam normal, then needs 6-9 months of INH. I think what you are asking with someone from abroad, if they had BCG then they may have a false positive mantoux. However we do not vaccinate someone with BCG when they have a positive mantoux as treatment ...Read more
It is normal reaction to the vaccine. You get bluish red papule which may look like a blister 2to3 weeks after the vaccination. After about 6 weeks the pustule ulcerates forming a lesion approx. 5 mm in diamneter.
Scab forms and heals usually withn 3 months after vaccination and results in a permanent scar at the puncture site ...Read more
Tab exposure: Even though you've had bcg and if you had an overwhelming exposure you may get tab. This is especially true if you friend has cavitarytb. ...Read more
Given after Birth:
BCG Vaccine is given after biirh at the deltoid muscle site
I am sure it can be given at another site
We do not use this vaccine in USA
But as a rule it is given in left upper arm so that doctors can check if it was given
It is given after birth upto age of15 days ...Read more
My baby is of 11 days and he was given BCG vaccine today now after almost 5 hours he is crying a lot. Is it the vaccination pain or something plz hlp?
Possible vaccine: Many times with initial vaccines infants will have fussiness, crying and possible fever. Usually with subsequent vaccines these symptoms improve. Try consoling your infant, cool compress on the area where he had the vaccine and possible acetaminophen if symptoms do not resolve. If crying still persist then follow up with your baby's health care provider. ...Read more
BCG: Bcg is an intradermal injection at the deltoid. If bcg is accidentally given subcutaneously, then a local abscess may form that can ulcerate, and may require treatment with antibiotics. Without treatment it could spread, causing damage to other areas. If pus is aspirated and analysed and treated correctly, the abscess will generally heal on its own in a matter of weeks. ...Read more
No: After a number of years, most positive tests caused by BCG will wane to negative. Also, the interferon gold blood test can be used. ...Read more
My 6week baby who I breastfeed has a green poop for a week now. Right after BCG vaccine. Is it normal?
Normal variation: The main agent adding color to the poo is the material made by the liver called bile. It starts out a dark green and goes thru the yellows to brown depending on the influences of various factors in the intestines. Rapid transit thru the system, as may occur with diarrhea or breast feeding may have a greenish yellow or yellow appearance. The slower, more likely browner. Likely unrelated to BCG ...Read more
Why aftr 2 month injection of BCG vaccine, the baby had blister on the left upper arm? Why it took 2 month?
Blister after BCG: Thanks for your question. The bcg vaccine contains some preservatives. Sometimes, people can have irritation in their arm from the preservative, and this can be delayed even several months from the vaccine. It's not a dangerous reaction, but I recommend that you take the baby to your primary care physician to have the arm looked at. ...Read more
My 2month old daughter just had a BCG vaccine, after 2days I see no swelling or scar at the injection site, is that normal?
Not abnormal: Bcg is given as an intradermal injection at the deltoid. If given subcutaneously, then a local abscess may form that can sometimes ulcerate, and may need treatment with antibiotics. However abscess is not always associated with incorrect administration, and it is one of the more common complications that can occur with this. Why bcg in an infant here in usa? Exposure to active tb? ...Read more
I'm not sure if I've had a BCG vaccine when young. (I don't have a BCG scar on my arm) Should I get it now if I'm travelling to India? Thanks
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
How do doctors differentiate between a positive TB skin test due to BCG vaccine vs latent TB infection?
Blood test: There is a blood test which can help tell the difference. ...Read more
Can't test for TB: Once a person has the BCG vaccine they can't be skin tested for TB because the test will usually appear positive. Since TB is not common in the us, it's more useful to be able to do skin testing on people who might have it than vaccinate everyone and not be able to do testing. ...Read more
Not in USA:
BCG Vaccine is not used and is not available in USA as it is not very effective vaccine.
It is still used in other countries ...Read more
Hi I read about a vaccine for Fibromyalgia called BCG. Firstly I want to find out if it is succesfull and secondly if it is avaible in South Africa.
Vaccine has been used for a number of clinical situations other than TB prevention and to be frank I really do not think it's been very effective in ANY OF THEM! . It is more likely than not available in South Africa....
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
Secondary infection: Go back to the pediatrician and have this looked at immediately. It may be a primary bcg infection (which is rare but can occur), or more likely a secondary bacterial infection which can become very severe in a 3 month old. Go asap and get this seen and attended to. ...Read more