BCG Vaccine in Stoke-on-Trent

Tuberculosis (TB) BCG Vaccine

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It can spread from person to person through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. TB primarily affects the lungs but can also target other parts of the body.

How is Tuberculosis Contracted?

Tuberculosis is contracted through close and prolonged contact with an infected person who has active TB disease. It is important to note that not everyone who contracts the bacteria develops active TB. Some individuals may have latent TB infection, where the bacteria remain dormant.

Where is Tuberculosis Common?

Tuberculosis is a global health concern, with higher prevalence in certain regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and parts of Eastern Europe. However, TB can occur anywhere, including Stoke-on-Trent, making preventive measures crucial.

The Role of the BCG Vaccine

The BCG vaccine is an effective preventive measure against tuberculosis. It contains a weakened form of the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis, which stimulates the body’s immune response and helps provide protection against TB.

BCG Vaccine in Stoke-on-Trent

Who Should Receive the BCG Vaccine?

The BCG vaccine is recommended for individuals at higher risk of TB, including:

  • Babies who are at least 9 months old or have a negative neonatal severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) report.
  • People who are in close contact with individuals known to have active TB.
  • Healthcare workers who may come into contact with TB patients.
  • Individuals planning to travel or reside in countries with a high TB burden.

The BCG Vaccine and Its Administration

The BCG vaccine is administered through a small injection into the upper arm. Our skilled healthcare professionals at Stoke Travel Clinic ensure a safe and precise administration of the vaccine, following established protocols and guidelines.

BCG Vaccine Safety and Considerations

The BCG vaccine is generally safe, with minimal risks of adverse effects. Common side effects include a small bump at the injection site and temporary redness. It is essential to inform your healthcare provider about any allergies or medical conditions before receiving the vaccine.

Boosting Your Tuberculosis Protection

While the BCG vaccine provides significant protection against TB, it is important to maintain overall good health practices. This includes practising proper respiratory hygiene, maintaining a healthy immune system, and seeking medical attention if you develop symptoms of tuberculosis.


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