Should medical students be routinely offered BCG vaccination?

David N Durrheim and Michael J Hensley
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00815.x
Published online: 15 January 2007

To the Editor: Graham and colleagues correctly assert that medical students are at increased risk of infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis in settings where they are treating patient groups with a high prevalence of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).1 This is well illustrated by the increasing prevalence of latent TB infection among medical students in their later clinical years in countries where community TB incidence markedly exceeds that of Australia.2

  • David N Durrheim1,2
  • Michael J Hensley1,2

  • 1 Hunter New England Area Health Service, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 2 University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.


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