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Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccination or the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination is used to protect against the risk of tuberculosis as well as childhood tuberculous meningitis and miliary disease. Please consult your doctor about getting the vaccination.

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

Did you know?
  • In 2019, 1.4 million died due to tuberculosis around the world.
  • 1.7 billion people are estimated to be infected with M. tuberculosis globally.
Don’t Delay!

Talk to your doctor about BCG vaccination.

What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It commonly infects the lungs and spread easily from there, but it can also affect the spine, kidneys, and brain. While the bacteria can infect anyone, the symptoms may not show up for everyone, especially if the lungs are not infected.

How is Tuberculosis transmitted?

Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne disease. If one comes in contact with a TB patient and breathes in the infected air, they may experience the infection, too. While the bacteria can affect several body parts, it is infectious when the disease is in the throat or the lungs.

TB does not spread through touch or skin-to-skin contact. Sharing food or drink or touching are not common modes of transmission. However, TB commonly affects the people who spend time with an infected patient or share space with them, owing to the airborne nature of the bacteria.

What are the symptoms and complications of Tuberculosis?

Some of the symptoms most commonly associated with tuberculosis are coughing and chest pains. These symptoms mostly affect the patients who have an infected lung. Some of the other symptoms of TB are:

  • Coughing up blood or sputum
  • Fever
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Chest pain

One may also experience chills and sweating at night. In cases of latent tuberculosis infection, there are no symptoms. In these cases, they also do not spread the infection to others.

When should a child receive BCG Vaccination for Tuberculosis?

1 dose needs to be administered immediately after birth.

The catch-up dose can be taken any time between 6 weeks to 4-5 years of age.

However, consult your doctor for more information.

What are the common side effects associated with the Tuberculosis Vaccination?

There are not many adverse side effects associated with the BCG vaccination. Most of the commonly associated side effects are related to the skin.

For more details on side effects, please consult your doctor.

FAQs

How is Tuberculosis treated?

With the right and consistent treatment, tuberculosis can be completely treated. Depending on the symptoms and severity, you will be prescribed the necessary drugs.

If you have the potential of infecting others, it may be recommended that you stay at home, at least for a few weeks.

Consult your doctor for more information about tuberculosis and BCG vaccination.

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India.

Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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