Tuberculosis Vaccine

Tuberculosis Vaccine

Please call our pharmacy on 01273600638 or ask in-store about our Tuberculosis Vaccine service.

The BCG vaccine protects against tuberculosis, also known as TB.

TB is a serious infection that affects the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body, such as the bones, joints and kidneys.

It can also cause meningitis.

Who should have the BCG vaccine?

The BCG vaccine (which stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine) is not given as part of the routine NHS vaccination schedule.

It is given on the NHS only when a child or adult is thought to have an increased risk of coming into contact with TB.

How is the BCG vaccination given?

BCG vaccination is given as an injection into the upper arm.
The vaccination usually leaves a small scar.

How effective is BCG vaccination?

The BCG vaccine is made from a weakened strain of TB bacteria. Because the bacteria in the vaccine is weak, it triggers the immune system to protect against the disease.
This gives good immunity to people who receive it without actually causing the disease.
The vaccine is 70 to 80% effective against the most severe forms of TB, such as TB meningitis in children.

Please call our pharmacy on 01273600638 or ask in store about our Tuberculosis Vaccine service.