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BCG: Why is somebody in usa taking bcg? Only recommended for areas with high rates of TB exposure. As long as your son is not immunosuppressed, and has no residual symptoms the two doses should not be a problem. Infection with this bacillus is inordinately rare. If he develops any symptoms take him back to doctor asap, but suspect you have nothing to worry about. ...Read more
TB prevention: Many countries vaccinate kids for the prevention of tb...Quite effective too. ...Read more
Same TB testing: In the United States, PPD skin testing is done when needed, regardless of whether a person had a BCG shot in the past. If a person had a positive skin test in the past, then his doctor may skip doing a PPD test, and just check a chest x-ray and a blood test. Many people with past BCG shots do not have positive ppd's when tested years later by their doctors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BCG: This is an attenuated tuberculosis vaccine that gives so-so protection but does not render you proof against tb. It can itself make you have a positive ppd. Governments may require you to be treated for TB on the basis of this alone which is regrettable. Or you have have met the tubercle bacillus and beaten it, or have tb, either of which is likely to make your PPD positive. ...Read more
My baby just had BCG shot last week.but it did not swell or scarred.what does it mean?does she need another shot?i am really worried though..
A misunderstanding: The BCG shot is a vaccine (shot that protects a person) against tuberculosis, and the area of the shot is not supposed to swell or turn red. In fact, nothing at all should happen after the shot which is normal. You may be thinking of a PPD (skin test for tuberculosis) which turns red if the person being tested has been exposed to tuberculosis in the past. ...Read more