BCG Vaccine For Infants Aged 3 Months?
good afternoon, I want if my child has already taken 3 months to go through the test, yes, that must be done by all midwives or only if only immunized at the hospital? if the health center is being served or not, because every month I want to immunize my child to have the flu, then I don’t dare to give the vaccine, and the answer is 3 months, how about that?
Hello, Sara Novitasari.
Okay, I'll try to explain.
BCG or Bacillus Calmette-Guérind immunization is given when the baby is 0 to 2 months old. This immunization is useful to form immunity in the baby's body, so the baby has immunity against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.
If up to the age of 3 months have not yet performed BCG immunization, infants may still be given BCG immunization but must do a Mantoux test first. This aims to determine whether the baby has been exposed or not to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis. If a positive Mantoux test results are obtained then the baby should not be given BCG immunization, because the baby has been exposed to tuberculosis bacteria. If the Mantoux test shows negative results, then BCG immunization may be given.
To get immunizations, babies should not be in a state of fever, because immunization side effects can cause fever. However, if your child is coughing a cold without fever, immunization may be given, because this will not affect the immunization process.
Meanwhile you should keep your baby's health by giving breast milk as often as possible at least every 2 hours, keeping the baby clean and warm.
Beware if the baby has a high fever to seizures, you should immediately see a doctor.
Thank you, hopefully useful.