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Is the BCG vaccine necessary for babies?

What is the use of the BCG vaccine for babies?

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The BCG vaccine is given in an attempt to prevent a baby developing tuberculosis (TB).

It is recommended for babies from the following groups :

  • Those who have a family member who has suffered with TB in the last 5 years
  • All babies born in areas where there are high levels of TB (more than 40 per 100,000)
  • Babies who have a parent or grandparent who were born in a country with high levels of TB (more than 40 per 100,000)

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