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Old Jul 7th 2008, 8:29 am
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Does anyone know if children still get the BCG in Canada ? if so at what age and is it done at school like it is here in the UK ?


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It is offered to infants in some far northern regions of Canada where TB is endemic. Otherwise it is not routinely administered in Canada.

There are links where you can find out more information in the Wiki article called Immunization-Canada.

Edited to add that I see on a website called BCG Vaccine Usage in Canada that it's offered to infants in most communities in Manitoba.
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it is no longer offered as routine in UK schools either.

I think some research as to pros and cons would be in order . the reason it is no longer offered as routine is that its effectiveness is in question. having the BCG can cause problems if you go for a job ( eg in health care) where they routinely test for TB (think its the mantoux test now) as you will show a reaction and have to undego a chest xray.
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it is no longer offered as routine in UK schools either.

I think some research as to pros and cons would be in order . the reason it is no longer offered as routine is that its effectiveness is in question. having the BCG can cause problems if you go for a job ( eg in health care) where they routinely test for TB (think its the mantoux test now) as you will show a reaction and have to undego a chest xray.
Most of this is correct

Mantoux/Heaf tests are no longer done - it's now "PPD": (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/003839.htm)

Having received the BCG will not in any way impede obtaining or maintaining a job in healthcare.

The extent of the PPD reaction determines the need for a chest radiograph. In the USA, it's a reaction of >10mm.
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Thanks for that Ozzi , didn't mean to apply that it would cause problems for the job itself , but am aware of people who have come across , let us say less well informed health care professionals who took a positive skin test as a sign of latent TB, although I suspect that the fact my friend didn't realise that the BCG was a vaccine for TB and so didn't think to inform them that they'd had it done , didn't help!!
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Thanks for that Ozzi , didn't mean to apply that it would cause problems for the job itself , but am aware of people who have come across , let us say less well informed health care professionals who took a positive skin test as a sign of latent TB, although I suspect that the fact my friend didn't realise that the BCG was a vaccine for TB and so didn't think to inform them that they'd had it done , didn't help!!
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There are lots of mis/(under)informed people out there - it's a battle at times
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