A BCG vaccine is given to prevent tuberculosis (TB) infection. The
vaccine contains bacteria called BCG (bacille Calmette-Guérin) that is closely
related to the bacteria that cause TB.
The BCG vaccine is often given to people in countries where TB is
common, such as South America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia. But it
is seldom used in the United States because:
April 15, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
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