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Should I be immunised against TB?

(23 Posts)
marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:01:14

I haven't been and know it's on the increase. Dh says I should but I wanted to see what O Wise Mumsnetters think - he would probably like me having a big needle stuck in me even if it wasn't entirely necessary.

(This prompted by walking past a man in the street today who seemed to be coughing to death and hawking up...well never mind...on the pavement).

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:10:14

No-one cares...I could be coughing to death soon and no-one cares. Guess I'm not in a clique No-one loves me.

RTKangaMummy Tue 19-Apr-05 21:13:54

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh yes we do


Are you in London?

Gobbledigook Tue 19-Apr-05 21:15:30

MM, I had it at school and all the ds's had it as a baby (the jab I mean, not TB!).

Since we live in a city and it's on the increase, I'd just rather protect them as someone carrying it could pass it on to them on the tram or something.

Perhaps unlikely but I'm not taking any chances.

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:15:43

Nope, Cheshire. But dh is a microbiologist at local hospital (I suppose he may know what he's talking about - I'm saying that begrudgingly) and they have had more cases recently.

Thanks for caring, btw, RTKM D'you wanna be in my clique (my clique, my clique)?

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:18:32

Didn't think they gave it to babies (don't think mine have had it). I thought it was BCG at secondary school? There's no question of the boys being done when it is offered - they've had all their jabs (our choice, not everyones' I know) but I wondered if I should have it done now.

RTKangaMummy Tue 19-Apr-05 21:22:42

Marthamoo

yeah yeah yeah

In that case I think would be good idea

Is it curable with drugs or is it for life?

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:24:29

It's a very long course of antibiotics, I know. I don't know if it is curable or if it's one of those things that is always there but can lie dormant. I'm pretty ignorant about it really. Maybe should go google.

RTKangaMummy Tue 19-Apr-05 21:26:30

Get a jab then


can't remember if we have had it or not

had loads of jabs for holiday

I am totally in favour of jabs

Will you have to pay for it?

Gobbledigook Tue 19-Apr-05 21:26:39

RTKM - it can be treated with drugs but it's very difficult and you may have to be isolated in hospital. It's not like taking a 7 day course of antibiotics.

The boys were born at Wythenshawe Hospital MM - when ds1 was born they got called for it automatically at 4 weeks, when ds2 was born it was up to you whether you did or didn't and when ds3 was born it was withdrawn routinely for where I live (Trafford - Wythenshawe Hosp is Manc as I'm sure you know) so I asked the HV and she managed to get my an appt to have ds3 done at a clinic in Stretford.

Mine have had all the jabs too - in fact ds1 has had his MMR booster and pre-school boosters today - he was very brave and got to choose about 10 bars of chocolate from the newsagents - you might guess dh took him, NOT me!! He hasn't eaten them btw - they'll go with the easter eggs they've still not eaten either!

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:32:54

It must vary from region to region - I can see why they would offer it in Manchester hospitals, it's more prevalent in cities (but we are only 20 miles away from Manchester). Have checked the boys' red books and they haven't had it (phew - was going to look like world's worst mother if they had and I hadn't realised). There is a space on the immunisations page for BCG at birth - but neither of them had it. Not even ds1 and he was born in Stockport. It says BCG is given at 10-14 years (and says optional next to it on the form).

RTKangaMummy Tue 19-Apr-05 21:34:01

GDG I am glad I am not the only one here in favour of jabs

Is he ok tonight? hope so

Bribery worked I guess

I will ask about TB when go to surgery next time

Rememmber we had Hepatitus jabs

can't remember which others


So 1 jab for life

deffo sounds good idea MM

RTKangaMummy Tue 19-Apr-05 21:35:08

Oh dear am I being really dim


Is BCG = TB ????

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:35:41

Yes.

tamum Tue 19-Apr-05 21:36:23

I would have it, deffo. Especially if you fly much. It can be incurable even with antibiotics, I'm pretty sure. It can go to your bones and stuff... <tails off thinking vaguely about George Orwell>

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 21:37:29

I can't fly, tamum. No wings. I think I will ask the GP next time I'm there though (not making an appointment specially though).

tamum Tue 19-Apr-05 21:38:04

I don't think he'll do wings either though, sadly.

hoxtonchick Tue 19-Apr-05 21:38:31

ds had it at 6 weeks, but that's it deepest darkest east london (though it varies from borough to borough round here too). i say go for it & make dh buy you a big present as a bribe!

Gobbledigook Tue 19-Apr-05 21:38:33

That's it MM - even though we are in Trafford, we are right on the border of Manchester. In fact, our side of the road is Trafford and the other side is Manchester!!! We travel into Manc so are just as much at risk as people living in Wythenshawe I'd say.

I had mine at 14 at school I think.

RTKM - he's absolutely fine - the kids don't really react to things and you wouldn't notice at all that he's had an injection. He was none too pleased about going but apparently he only said, in between the 2 jabs, 'I don't like it daddy' = ahhhhhhh.

Gobbledigook Tue 19-Apr-05 21:38:35

That's it MM - even though we are in Trafford, we are right on the border of Manchester. In fact, our side of the road is Trafford and the other side is Manchester!!! We travel into Manc so are just as much at risk as people living in Wythenshawe I'd say.

I had mine at 14 at school I think.

RTKM - he's absolutely fine - the kids don't really react to things and you wouldn't notice at all that he's had an injection. He was none too pleased about going but apparently he only said, in between the 2 jabs, 'I don't like it daddy' = ahhhhhhh.

RTKangaMummy Tue 19-Apr-05 21:45:43

Oh my goodness how dim


I have deffo had BCG


Ahhhh GDG DS

marthamoo Tue 19-Apr-05 22:37:57

Oh more posts - ta everyone

Gobbledigook Tue 19-Apr-05 22:40:31

It's cos we are all part of your clique - if we weren't we'd have ignored you.

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