BCG stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guerin. It is used against TB. Healthy infants should be given as much of a vaccine as possible at birth so that they can increase immunity against TB. The same drug can also be used in the treatment of bladder cancer. The vaccine is administered mainly in the form of injections. The vaccine is based on the bovine strain of the bacterium. BCG also has a protective effect against leprosy. But it has not been specifically developed as a specified drug for leprosy. It has been one of the most successful immune therapies in the world.
BCG Side Effects
- Frequent Urge To Urinate
- Difficulty or painful urination
- Injection Site Redness
- Swelling of Lymph Nodes
- Stomach Upset
Precautions And Care
- The vaccine should be taken after consulting the doctor.
- Keep the vaccination area clean and dry for around 24 hours.
- Use a dry dressing with gauze if the vaccination area starts to ooze.
- If required sterile alcohol swab can be used to clean the area.
- Do not apply any ointment, antiseptic cream, band-aid, etc.