Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG)

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The Bacillus Calmetter-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is used to prevent Tuberculosis. The BCG is a live attenuated vaccine derived from Mycobacteria bovis. It is usually given young children and can only be given to people that are Tuberculosis negative. The BCG vaccine does not prevent the Tuberculosis disease, but prevents an infection with M. tuberculosis from progressing to the active Tuberculosis disease[1].

Reference:      

  1. BCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine - Vaccinations - NHS Choices. 2013. BCG tuberculosis (TB) vaccine - Vaccinations - NHS Choices. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/bcg-tuberculosis-TB-vaccine.aspx. [Accessed 22 October 2013].
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