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BCG for expat baby - did you give it to your child?

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    JoTs is offline Registered User
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    Apr 2007
    Hong Kong
    I don't know if this helps, but we had our baby in the UK and he had the BCG vaccine when he was one day old. So it is not just Asia that sees it as an important vaccine.


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    bbc mom is offline Registered User
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    Mar 2006
    New Territories
    I contracted TB when I was 9yrs old on a 2 week holiday to HK. Even though this happened to me over 20yrs ago, I wouldn't take the risk today.
    Please check your PM for details.

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    HappyV is offline Registered User
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    May 2005
    Given that we live next door to China (where TB is still a HUGE problem) I think you would be silly to NOT give the BCG, just in case your kid had to have one dose of antibiotic. (and this would only be in extreme cases). I have an immune condition, and our child has to have slightly modified vaccinations for the reasons quoted above - but this in no way affects HIS immunity.
    Jools, we tried to get the BCG in the lag, but the hospital (QMH) wouldn't do it - they insisted that te left arm is where is checked if the presence of the vaccination site ever becomes an issue.

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    ctrbabe1 is offline Registered User
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    Oct 2003
    Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
    My older dd was born in the US and was 4 months old when we moved here and we had her get the vaccine. My 2nd dd was born here and they gave it to her when she was born. (They did ask, however, if we wanted it done or not and I said yes). We will be here a total of at least 6 years and didn't want to take the risk because, as others have said, TB is a huge problem here in Asia.
    All the best,

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    jools is offline Registered User
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    Discovery Bay
    Dear HappyV,

    The joys of the public system, they do like their procedures.

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    ELT is offline Registered User
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    Feb 2006
    TB may not be common in HK or in the west but very common in Asia especially in poorer countries. A friend who lives in Manila contracted TB and stayed in bed for 2 months.

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