Info on BCG Vaccine needed - page 3

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Does anyone know if there is a resource available anywhere, that might tell me what countries routinely give the BCG vaccine? I have quite a few employees come through my door, tell me they never had BCG, but find out later,... Read More


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    Yes, it's true. Even when I did a search at the time, there seemed to be little consensus. If I took the time to do a literature search, I may find out what the best practice is now.... but that project will have to wait til I finish my latest BSN course!
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    My first PPD was negative 3 months ago...now that I am hired, they gave me another PPD again. So they did. Then after 3 hours from the PPD, my arm was so red and it's bigger than a dime...and it's swelling..and itched, itched, itched, itched like CRAZY!!!! I had BCG in Philippines when I was 7 years old...during the processing of my paper, the US immigration gave me CXR and it was negative.

    Is it Okay to tell the RN not to give me PPD because it gives me reaction??? by the way when they gave me the PPD my arm was so weak for a week and the red color takes 3 months to disappear...
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    Hi Cessna:

    I am certainly no expert as OH is not my area. I can only tell you what I would do--that is suggest having a CXR instead, if possible.

    Diana
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    I found this info on the WHO website: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/1993/WHO...93.15_mod5.pdf

    Most countries (except for the United States of
    America and the Netherlands) recommend the use of
    BCG. The schedule differs from country to country.
    WHO recommends one dose at birth or at the first
    contact of the infant with the health system. Other
    countries use other schedules, the differences mostly
    attributable to differing interpretations of the available
    data.

    I believe if you contact the CDC they might be able to provide you with a list, or at least tell you who can. I am from Brazil, and we get one single dose of BCG right after birth. I believe they still give booster doses whenever there is a outbreak of tuberculosis . I have two kids that were born in Brazil, and they also received BCGs. My daughter always has positive PPDs because of that, and I had a pediatrician once that wanted to put her on INH without even asking for a X-ray...
    I believe every Latin country must vaccinate people against TB and almost all Europe.
    I hope this little info can help you. Good luck on your search.
    fcosta
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    I believe this is a list of countries immunizing against TB: http://www.who.int/vaccines/globalsu...overagebcg.htm
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    Hi diana,

    I went back to the health department and they measured my PPD test and it was 9mm...and i told her about the reaction so she sent me to the radiology and had my CXR done..and i do not know yet the results...I do not have any syptoms of TB... I hope it's negative
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    Hi Cessna:

    I can only speak to my own personal experience. When I was going through the US immigration processs in 1991, I too had a huge reaction to PPD, but CXR was clear.

    I called several immigration Drs on the list and asked what they would do in the case of a + PPD but a negative CXR. One insisted that he would start INH; several others disagreed with treatment in the case of a negative CXR- I went with one of the Drs who recommended against treatment. That was 17 years ago, and I have been fine.

    Good luck!
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    I'll let you know the results. I can't wait for it
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    Try not to worry, Cessna. I've had a few + PPD but negative CXR.

    Even if it is the worst case scenario, these meds have been around for ages, so there are not a lot of unknowns (unlike many of the other meds out there today).

    I'll be thinking about you....

    Diana
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    I am just worried because I'm scared if the hospital would kick me out if I have positive CXR. I have a son to raise.

    Thanks Diana...


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