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Routine vaccination for tuberculosis ends in UK

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 14 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:128
  1. Pat Hagan
  1. London

    The UK government is to end routine vaccination against tuberculosis for schoolchildren and plans to switch instead to targeted jabs for those most at risk. From September, the BCG vaccination will be reserved for babies born in areas of high risk and children whose families originate from countries with high rates of tuberculosis, the chief medical officer for England, Liam Donaldson, announced last week.

    Professor Donaldson said that, in recent years, various expert committees had looked at making such a switch but that ministers wanted to be certain that children would not be put at risk. “This was first talked about in the …

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