Repeat BCG Immunization For Infants Aged 1 Month?
Hello, good afternoon.rn.rnI want to ask, is it okay to do 2x BCG for babies?rnFor example, after birth my child was injected with BCG but after 1 month 2 weeks he was injected again with BCG. Is it okay or not and what are the side effects?rn.rnI’m worried because I was browsing BCG injections were only done once from birth to 2 months.rn.rnThank you 🙏
Hi M Ismail,
Immunization aims to provide immunity and prevent disease or even if you get sick, the symptoms will be much lighter than those who are not immunized. BCG immunization aims to prevent tuberculosis. BCG immunization is given once when the baby is 0-2 months old. Immunization according to the recommended schedule will increase the baby's immune system and maximize the benefits of the vaccine.
In your case, you need to determine whether you were given BCG or hepatitis B immunization at birth? Often what is done at birth is the administration of hepatitis B. This immunization is usually recorded in the patient's medical record and also in the child's MCH book. You can try to open your child's MCH handbook and see in the immunization section what immunizations were given at birth.
Even if BCG is given twice with an interval of more than a month, it is generally harmless so you don't have to worry. If there is an AEFI (post-immunization follow-up event, such as fever, swelling at the injection site, allergic reaction) that persists for more than 3 days, check with the doctor so that further treatment can be given. Henceforth, every time you are immunized, you should pay attention to the child's immunization schedule and what immunizations are given.
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Thanks and hope it helps,
dr. Devika Y