Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious, infectious illness that takes a long time to cure. It’s spread by coughing from those who already have the disease.
Children under five years can be protected from the most harmful forms of TB by getting a free vaccination. This is called the BCG vaccine.
The vaccine does not prevent your child from being infected, but it will reduce the risk of them getting very ill if it’s given to them at the right age.
BCG vaccination appointments are now fully booked for December 2023 and the service will be closed over the Christmas holidays. Services will resume from 10 January 2024 and appointments can be booked from then onwards.
If you have any queries please call us on 0800 367 224, Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5:00pm, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BCG vaccine is available to children under five years old who:
If your child is five or older they are no longer eligible for the vaccine.
Children aged between six months and five years old years may need to have a skin test first to detect whether they have already been infected with TB. This test is called the Mantoux test.
If your child requires this test it will need to be carried out 72 hours before your child gets the vaccine. You’ll receive more information on this test when your child is booked in to get vaccinated.
To learn more about the BCG vaccine download our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). These are also available in the following languages:
If you need help call the BCG team on 0800 367 224, Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 5pm.
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Last updated 5.12.2023