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 Post subject: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:45 am 
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DS came home from school with info on the BCG yesterday. I understand that now they only give the BCG to those at risk. Don't really want DS to have the injection as I remember it was horrible , but he'll have to have it if he needs it/ at risk

One of the at risk groups : is if you lived for a period of 3 months or more outside the UK or Western Europe

We moved to the US for a year when DS was 18months.

The school nurse hasn't been very helpful and I haven't found any useful info on the web yet. Does anyone have any experience of living the US and then returning to the UK ? Did your DC's need the BCG.

Thanks Ally


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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:47 am 
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At work at the mo .... but don't think the US would really be included in the list. Tends to be a blanket thing without identifying the main at risk countries. The US tend to treat TB and prevention differently - no BCG - just early treatment of mildly positive heafs.

Will check after surgery and see if i can find some more info!

edit: cut off for a country to be high risk is 40 cases / 100,000 per year....... watch this space


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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:07 am 
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Rate in USA well below the cut off rate:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtm ... 2.htm#fig2

have a read of this

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/BCG-Immunisation.htm


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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:35 am 
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Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:18 pm 
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DS2 brought a similar letter home from school recently but it listed "high risk" countries on the back - mostly Africa & Asia, but some in Europe close to borders with Asia and Africa. I don't recall USA being on it.


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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:43 pm 
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andyb wrote:
DS2 brought a similar letter home from school recently but it listed "high risk" countries on the back - mostly Africa & Asia, but some in Europe close to borders with Asia and Africa. I don't recall USA being on it.


Andy - I think that is the more usual level - ie the countries with the 40/100000 levels. Ally had a letter with the rather confusing phrase:

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One of the at risk groups : is if you lived for a period of 3 months or more outside the UK or Western Europe


Seems to include a multitude of places without high levels!


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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:52 pm 
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For some reason I think my DDs had this at birth. We live in a high risk part of the country, but are not in a high risk group. Am I going mad?

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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:19 pm 
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some kids do have it at birth - not usually just for being in a high risk part of the country - usually need to be in a high risk group, or plans to travel to a high risk place, or likely to have visitors from a high risk place or contacts of case etc



Some stuff in the link:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/BCG-Immunisation.htm


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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:33 pm 
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thanks herm :D

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 Post subject: Re: BCG
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:50 pm 
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My three were all born at Queen Charlotte's, West London.
They were all given BCG at birth because of the proximity to areas with a high risk, eg Southall. Perhaps mad?'s girls were born in a similar area ?


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