Should medical students be routinely offered BCG vaccination?

Sanjaya N Senanayake and Peter J Collignon
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00814.x
Published online: 15 January 2007

To the Editor: We disagree with the recent recommendation of Graham and colleagues that all medical students should be offered BCG vaccination.1 In countries with a low prevalence of tuberculosis (TB), the side effects from the vaccine and losing the use of a Mantoux test to readily diagnose recent TB infection outweigh any benefits of a vaccine with relatively poor efficacy.

  • Sanjaya N Senanayake
  • Peter J Collignon

  • The Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.



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