TB jabs before medicals

Old Oct 21st 2012, 7:45 pm
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Quick question....My eldest son is 15 and is due to have his TB jabs at school next month. We are also waiting for medical requests. I dont have much medical knowledge but i persume a little of the virus is given when immunizing, Should he have his TB before or after our medicals or does it make no difference? Thanks in advance...
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Old Oct 22nd 2012, 12:46 am
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Originally Posted by family_of_4
Quick question....My eldest son is 15 and is due to have his TB jabs at school next month. We are also waiting for medical requests. I dont have much medical knowledge but i persume a little of the virus is given when immunizing, Should he have his TB before or after our medicals or does it make no difference? Thanks in advance...
If he were recalled for TB testing, if something showed up on his x-ray, they then ask for sputum tests and repeat x-ray.

I don't know if the TB jab would affect the sputum tests. Some say it can result in a false positive with a skin test if you have had the vaccination (although they don't seem to ask for skin tests as a general rule). There has been someone on the forum who did skin tests as an alternative to sputum tests but it doesn't seem to be generally accepted as they offer an alternative of another x-ray at 6 months for those who cannot produce sputum.

Maybe find out which DMP you will use and call their office to ask their opinion?
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Quick question....My eldest son is 15 and is due to have his TB jabs at school next month. We are also waiting for medical requests. I dont have much medical knowledge but i persume a little of the virus is given when immunizing, Should he have his TB before or after our medicals or does it make no difference? Thanks in advance...
i dont think it will have any effect on the medical. For young people, they just take a chest xray, take blood, measure blood pressure, measure eye sight, hearing, listen to your chest, listen to your stomach, check reflexes, feel your stomach, look in your ears and mouth, check lymph nodes and ask lots of questions on major illnesses/surgeries/drugs. The vaccination shouldnt influence the examination
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Old Oct 22nd 2012, 3:18 am
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Thanks guys, the last thing i want to do is lengthen the process unnecessarily.
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