BCG Vaccination in London
BCG is the vaccine for Tuberculosis (TB). The vaccine is offered to children born in areas with higher rates of TB or more likely to come into contact with TB.
BCG vaccine is not offered routinely to all children via the UK immunisation schedule.
Ideally the vaccine is given during the first year and can be given any time from birth onwards.
The vaccine protects infants from the complications of Tuberculosis and so earlier is better but can given at any age.
Children over 6 years of age and some children who may have been exposed to TB require a blood and/or skin test prior to receiving the vaccine.
A reaction usually occurs 2 to 3 weeks after injection and there is no fever expected on day of injection.
A red pimple usually appears at the site of the injection and may ooze. This may last for several weeks/months and heals with a scar.