Friday, September 06, 2013

Question - Reaction after BCG vaccine

Question: My baby girl is 1 month old. she had her bcg vaccine in 1 week after birth, and after 3 weeks it started swelling, is that a sign of tb or is it normal?
Answer. This is absolutely normal. The vaccine site is supposed to swell and then drain with a white pus like painless discharges. After a few weeks there would be a small white scar remaining at the site,
In fact if no reaction happens, you are supposed to repeat the vaccination for BCG !
Hope this helps
Dr Gupta, 

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