Should medical students be routinely offered BCG vaccination?

Maryza Graham, Tanya M Howley, Robert J Pierce and Paul D R Johnson
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb00816.x
Published online: 15 January 2007

In reply: The intention of our article was to highlight inconsistent approaches to tuberculosis (TB) prevention in Australian medical schools and stimulate a new informed debate. We therefore welcome the responses from Senanayake and Collignon, and Durrheim and Hensley.

  • 1 Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat, VIC.
  • 3 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


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