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Anyone given their baby the BCG (TB) vaccination???
I'm really funny about vaccinations and question them all but in some sort of haze having just given birth and being really tired, I have no idea what I was thinking DD2 had hers when she was 1 day old!
With DD1 who is 5 a letter just came home from school asking if we'd like our kids to have the BCG now if not already done.
Where do you live? I am in London and will be giving mine the injection ASAP. TB is a horrible disease and it is all the more prevalent in this country - not helped by the fact that we are 'under immunised'.
I know 3 people who have had TB in the past 2 years (and they had not been living or travelling abroad in that time).
My sister in Bristol wasn't given the choice of giving it to her baby as it is not considered a problem there. So it does depend where you live.
Both dh and I had it at very young ages (both abroad) and no problems.
I had the BCG when I was 2 because a rather silly aunt had TB and came to stay with us before going to a clinic in Switzerland (she wanted to say goodbye, in case things didn't turn out well). She didn't mention she was ill until she'd been with us for a week. My brothers were 4 and 6m. It was fine for all of us, though I have a small dimple in my right thigh where the vacc was given. And I didn't have to have it when I was a teenager.
I think it's good to question injections and bot just accept all the ages and way they are done etc. But have to say can't think of any reason not to go ahead with the majority of them. I did the MMr as seperate vaccines and wish I hadn't have said yes to the BCG for DD2 when she was only a day old , but other than that I've immunised them against everything so far. I just like to look into it all a bit before i do so.
My health visitor recommended that both my children have the BCG as I'm Irish and there is supposed to be a greater prevelence of TB at home??? Another of my friends who is Indian, was recommended it for the same reason. Anyhow, both had it at around 6 weeks and from what I can remember it was given like a stamp on their upper left arm. I think it was like lots of tiny pin pricks so not like having a needle jabbed into thier skin, like their other vaccinations. I can't remember having any problems with it afterwards and certainly neither have any marks or scars as a result.
Better safe than sorry in my books!
TB is on the increase - at quite a rate. I had to have it at a few months old, as did my brothers, and my two also had to have because my mother had TB when she was young and it never goes away. So, should the calcifications in her lungs break open, its very possible that the infection would break out and close family would be at risk.