Tuberculosis (BCG) Vaccination in Birmingham
At Private Medical Clinic, we prioritize your health and safety, especially when you’re planning to travel to areas where the risk of exposure to tuberculosis (TB) or treatment-resistant strains is high. We understand the importance of comprehensive TB protection for travelers, and we are here to guide you through the process.
What is Tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. TB can be a severe and potentially life-threatening condition if left untreated.
BCG Vaccination: Your Shield Against TB
When traveling to regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and the Caribbean, BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) vaccination is recommended for individuals over the age of 16 who have not been previously vaccinated against TB. This vaccination is particularly vital for those planning prolonged stays in high-risk areas.
Mantoux Test: Assessing Your Sensitivity
Before receiving the BCG vaccine, it’s essential to undergo a Mantoux test. This test helps determine whether you are already infected with TB or have an active form of the disease. The Mantoux test involves injecting a live version of tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) into the skin to assess your sensitivity. A strong reaction to the Mantoux test indicates a higher likelihood of having an active TB infection, and in such cases, the BCG vaccine is not recommended. Individuals with a strong reaction may need to be referred for specialist TB treatment.
Book your BCG vaccination using our streamlined booking process
At Private Medical Clinic, we understand the importance of proactive healthcare. Our private clinics in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield provide a welcoming environment for discussing your vaccine options. Our team of experts is here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the vaccination process.
Chickenpox Vaccine (Two doses given 8 weeks apart)
Yellow Fever Vaccine (Includes Certificate)
Hepatitis A (Booster after 6-12 months)
Typhoid (Covers for 3 years)
Diptheria, Tetanus & Polio (Covers for 10 years)
Hepatitis B (Course of 3 vaccines – £195)
Rabies (Course of 3 vaccines – £195)
Japanese Encephalitis (Course of 2 vaccines – £250)
Meningitis ACWY (Covers for 3-5 years)
Cholera (Course of 2 vaccines)
Whooping cough vaccine (Pertussis) (Pertussis combined with D/T/P)
The BCG vaccine is administered in two doses, typically 1-6 weeks apart. It is crucial to complete the second dose before traveling to ensure optimal protection.
The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine is used to provide some protection against tuberculosis (TB), particularly in children. While the BCG vaccine is generally safe, it can cause side effects, but these side effects are typically mild and temporary. Common side effects of the BCG vaccine can include:
- Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site: This is a common and usually mild reaction.
- A small, open sore at the injection site: The sore may develop and eventually heal, leaving a small scar. This is a characteristic feature of the BCG vaccine.
- Fever: Some individuals, particularly children, may develop a mild fever after vaccination.
- Swollen glands: Swelling of the lymph nodes near the injection site can occur.
These side effects are usually not severe and typically resolve on their own within a few weeks.
It’s important to note that the BCG vaccine is primarily used in areas with a high prevalence of TB and is less commonly administered in regions with low TB rates, such as the UK. Its effectiveness in preventing TB can vary, and it is generally more effective at preventing severe forms of TB in children.
Serious side effects from the BCG vaccine are rare. However, as with any vaccine, there is a very small risk of an allergic reaction. Signs of a severe allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and throat, and a rapid heartbeat. If these symptoms occur after vaccination, immediate medical attention should be sought.