This is given when your child is between 10 and 14 years. It is sometimes given to babies shortly after they are born. The BCG vaccine gives protection against TB (tuberculosis).
What is TB?
TB is an infection that usually affects the lungs. It can also affect other parts of the body such as the brain and bones.
I didn't think you could get TB in this country?
Although TB is no longer common in this country, there are between 5,000 and 6,000 cases a year. TB is on the increase in Asia, Africa and some Eastern European countries.
When do children normally have the BCG vaccine?
Most children have the BCG injection when they are between 10 and 14 years. Your child will have a skin test to see if they already have immunity to TB. If not, the immunisation is given. Babies under three months who are having the immunisation don't need to have the skin test.
Are there any side effects of the BCG immunisation?
A small blister or sore appears where the injection is given. This is quite normal. It gradually heals leaving a small scar.
For more information about TB outbreaks, click here to visit the DoH web site.
This information has been sourced from Health Promotion England.