BCG Vaccination – call 020 7317 7751
Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection which is spread through inhaling tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.
It mainly affects the lungs, but it can affect any part of the body including the tummy (abdomen) glands, bones and nervous system.
Symptoms of TB include weight loss, night sweats, high temperature or fever, tiredness, loss of appetite and swelling of the neck.
The BCG vaccine offers protection against TB and is recommended for babies, children and adults under the age of 35 who are considered to be at risk of catching TB.
The BCG vaccine should not be given to those previously vaccinated or those who have already been exposed to TB. To determine if the vaccine is needed a Mantoux test (skin test) is carried out before the vaccination is given.
Children under 6 years of age can have the vaccination without needing a Mantoux test.
Children over 6 years of age and adults will require two separate appointments.
Patients over 6 years of age will be required to attend 2 separate appointments. During the first appointment, we will perform a Mantoux test which involves a small injection into the forearm.
The second appointment will take place 48 hours later during which the results of the Mantoux test will be examined and our team will determine whether the BCG vaccine needs to be administered.
The BCG and Mantoux clinics at the Royal Free Travel Health and Immunisation Clinic run once a month with limited capacity.
Please call our dedicated enquiries team today on 020 7317 7751 to book your appointment.
Due to a national interruption to the supply of BCG, regrettably the Royal Free Travel Health and Immunisation Clinic is currently unable to provide BCG and Mantoux clinics.