I was recently speaking to the school nurse who informed me that children are no longer routinely given the TB (Tetenus) vaccination, like we had at school. She said that the government considers the disease to be very unlikely to catch, but her personal opinion was to pay to have the vac done privately.
So I'm probably going ahead with the jab for my 10 yr old DD and then again in a few years' time for my 5 yr old DD.
No giant I mean the one we used to have at school around the age of 10 (I'm assuming here that you are a similar age to me!) They used to do a 'heaf' or 'daisy' test first about a week beforehand to see if your skin reacted to it, then they did the vac.
My DS had it because the area of London we used to live in was considered 'high risk' for TB. I now live in a 'low risk' area and won't be bothering with my 2nd child. I'm not overly concerned, really.
No I wasn't too concerned either as we live in a very low-risk area, up until the nurse mentioned it. This was during DD2's developmental check and the nurse only mentioned the jab because she knows I also have a 10 year old.
She seemed quite adamant that she would have the jab done privately.
releasethehounds - I had this conversation with the TB nurse in oxfordshire about 4 years ago. She said 'it is a Low Risk area and only London is deemed High Risk'.
When I asked what defined Low Risk the nurse said 'Oh, not many people get it here". I did point out that the reason not many people get it is because a large number of people in the population have been vaccinated but when the cohort falls there will be more incidence.
It seems mad that the Govt go on about MMR and people not being vaccinated but then say people do not need vaccinating againt TB - which is known as 'white death'.
Anyway, we had DS1 and DS2 done privately at age 5 and 3.