Wondering about the BCG vaccine for babies?

Until a couple of years ago, every baby received a BCG vaccination in the hospital at birth to prevent against Tuberculosis.

If you have had a baby in the last year or two you may be wondering why they have not had this vaccination at birth?

The HSE has reported that this vaccine will not be available in Ireland until ‘at least’ the second half of 2017.

This delay is a European-wide issue. The BCG stock in Ireland expired in April 2015. Since then, BCG vaccination clinics in HSE facilities and maternity hospitals have been postponed until new stock arrives.

They have reassured us that cases of TB have been steadily falling in Ireland. The number of cases for the years 2014 and 2015 were the lowest since records began-most European countries do not give BCG to all babies and this may likely be the case in future in Ireland.

‘So your baby is not at risk of TB because of the delay in getting the vaccine’ according to the HSE website.

Please refer to the HSE website for further information:
http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/Immunisation/news/BCG16.html

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