Integration of intradermic BCG vaccination in general public health immunization programmes

Immunization by BCG is of great effect in developing countries where the incidence of tuberculosis is high. The knowledge that has been acquired in our environment in the last five years has made possible the organization of programmes for BCG intradermic immunization, to a useful epidemiological extent, without a prior tuberculin test. The practice of the integration of intradermic BCG vaccination in the general immunization programmes of the "Geraldo de Paula Souza" Health Unit of S. Paulo University School of Public Health was analysed and the conclusion was favourable as to the viability of the method, which allows a large-scale anti-tuberculosis immunization of the population right from the very first months of life.

BCG vaccination; BCG intradérmico; Immunization

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