What is a BCG Vaccine?
Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis. It is named after its inventors Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin.
In countries where tuberculosis or leprosy is common, one dose is recommended in healthy babies as soon after birth as possible.
Where Can I Get BCG Vaccine In South Africa?
Where can my baby get BCG vaccine?
Your midwife, health visitor, local health center or hospital will usually let you know if the BCG vaccine is recommended for your baby.
Your baby will usually be offered it at around 28 days old, after they’ve had results from the newborn blood spot test, which tests for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).
Are vaccines free in South Africa?
Immunization is available free at state clinics, with the first vaccines given at birth. Read more about the child immunization schedule or contact the Department of Health on 012 395 8000.
What is the age limit for BCG vaccine?
Children aged between 1 and 16 years should have the BCG vaccine. BCG vaccination is recommended for all older children and adults at risk of TB, including children with an increased risk of TB who were not vaccinated against TB when they were babies.