What is BCG Vaccine?


Our baby had a BCG vaccine when he was born. I was not actually aware what’s BCG vaccine is. I trust the pediatrician; I know whatever jabs he gives our baby it was necessary and beneficial for his growth. Few weeks after the injection, a small red bump popped out in the injected area and one month later the bump burst. A yellow mucus and a small blood came out which caused me to panic. I called the pediatrician and was relieved after being informed that what happened was normal.
So what is BCG Vaccine?
According to Wikipedia, BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guerin is a vaccine against tuberculosis that is prepared from a strain of the attenuated live bovine tuberculosis bacillus, Mycobacterium bovis, that has lost its virulence in humans by being specially cultured in an artificial medium for years.

Is BCG Vaccine Effective?
The BCG vaccine is intended to prevent disseminated form of tuberculosis in children. The degree of effectiveness of BCG vaccine varies from 0-80% where it is given right after birth or before reaching 1 year old. However the vaccine cannot prevent contagious tuberculosis disease in adult. The world Health Organization recommends BCG vaccine to be compulsory in countries where tuberculosis is endemic. It also suggests that BCG should be given to all children at birth with standard childhood immunization.

So get your child protected from Tuberculosis by having the BCG Vaccine at birth.

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