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Two months old took the first BCG vaccination and no swelling. Do I have to take the vaccination again? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 09-Oct-2013
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User:my neice is 2 month old
User:she has given 1st vaccination that is of BCG
User:but there was no swelling at all
User:do we need to take again vaccination
Doctor:no we do not need to take the vaccine again
Doctor:i hope you did notice the vaccine go into skin
Doctor:Some kids take longer to develop the swelling
Doctor:But double dose of the vaccine is not recommended
Doctor:You can watch her for a few days or even 2 - 3 weeks
Doctor:If there is no reaction
User:but the dose given on 25/7/13
Doctor:And there has been no wound formation?
User:there was very slight redness
Doctor:I think take her to a pediatrician
Doctor:he may do a test called montoux test to check if immunity is developed or not
Doctor:If the reaction is negative then she will need a vaccine again
Doctor:Do you have a question here?
Doctor:there was redness
User:i m little confuse there was very slight redness and no wound do we need to go there
Doctor:redness does mean that the vaccine went in
Doctor:montoux is still the recommended test to check for sure
User:there should be wound?
Doctor:but since vaccine went in
Doctor:immunity must have developed
Doctor:but in india it is recommended to repeat bcg in 3 months if no scar
Doctor:since india has high prevalence of tb
Doctor:get the wound checked by a pediatrician
Doctor:Do you have a question here?
User:i observe no such scar
Doctor:Mostly in such a case there is no harm in repeating the vaccine
Doctor:Get it done by a pediatrician
Doctor:I know some kids get vaccine at 1 year or so but no side effect happens
Doctor:So nothing much to worry
Doctor:So thanks for consulting me
Doctor:Take care
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