Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sammy | 2013-02-13


BCG vaccine given at birth

Dear Doc

My daughter is 1 week old. The hospital where she was born signed her vaccination record card indicating that the BCG vaccine was given. However, there is no blister / other mark on her arm.

Should I be concerned - I''ve been told that a blister type reaction should occur.

Many thanks

Expert's Reply



The BCG vaccination is given just under the skin on your baby's right upper arm at birth. Sometimes there is hardly a mark to be seen where the BCG was injected.Hopefully this vaccination was properly done. When you take your baby for her first immunisation at 6 weeks mention your concern to the clinic sister so that she can check the BCG injection site on your baby's arm.

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Posted by: Purple | 2013-02-15

A pimple like blister usually forms after a few weeks.

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