Childhood Diseases

03 December 2003

Vaccinations

Your baby will be immunised against tuberculosis and polio.

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Your baby will be immunised against:
  • Tuberculosis (BCG)
  • Polio (OPV)

The BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin) vaccination is given soon after birth to protect against tuberculosis. It is given transdermally on the right upper arm. After a few weeks a small sore will develop which will start to heal from about four months so that by one year there is only a small scar left. In very few cases the initial sore may continue to increase or else glands may develop in the baby’s right armpit, at which stage medical advice is needed.

 

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Prof Eugene Weinberg retired from the Red Cross Children's Hospital in January 2004 after almost 40 years of service. He was head of the Allergy and Asthma Clinic at the Children's Hospital and was a Principal Paediatrician in the Department of Paediatrics at the hospital and also attached to the University of Cape Town. Prof Weinberg continues to work in the Allergy Department of the UCT Lung Institute and also regularly consults in London, Alberton, Panorama, Paarl and Barrydale.

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