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Letters BCG vaccination and TB in children

Benefits of BCG vaccination other than protection against Mycobacterium tuberculosis

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5434
  1. Peter M Fernandes, clinical lecturer in neurology1
  1. 1Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  1. peterfernandes{at}

Roy and colleagues show that BCG vaccination protects against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and progression to disease.1 However, vaccination with BCG confers additional benefits to those discussed—namely, protection against Mycobacterium leprae and, perhaps, other …

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