This vaccine is used to prevent tuberculosis (TB) in people who have not been infected with the disease but are at a high risk of getting it. This vaccine is not used to treat tuberculosis.This vaccine contains live bacteria that have been weakened. It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.This form of the vaccine is not used to treat or prevent bladder cancer.
How to use BCG VACCINE (TICE STRAIN) Vial
A small red bump may occur at the injection site. This bump will later crust and fall off 6 to 10 weeks later. A small, flat scar may remain.
Rarely, some people have symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, vision changes, or ringing in the ears just after getting a vaccine injection. Tell your health care professional right away if you have any of these symptoms. Sitting or lying down may help, since these symptoms usually don't last long.
Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your health care professional has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your health care professional right away if you have any serious side effects, including: skin sores/bumps, pus at injection site, bone pain, signs of infection (fever that doesn't go away).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your health care professional.
Contact the health care professional for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may call the Vaccine Safety Section at Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-866-844-0018.
Before you receive this vaccine, tell the health care professional if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as monosodium glutamate, polysorbate 80, latex), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your health care professional for more details.
Before receiving this vaccine, tell your health care professional your medical history, especially of: immune system disorders (such as due to HIV infection, certain cancers such as leukemia/lymphoma, cancer or radiation treatment), burns or skin disease over large area of skin, positive tuberculin skin test, current infection/fever.
This vaccine is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your health care professional for more details.
It is unknown if this vaccine passes into breast milk. Consult your health care professional before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your health care professional. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this vaccine include: antibiotics (such as drugs to treat tuberculosis including isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol, pyrazinamide), drugs that weaken the immune system (such as abatacept, tacrolimus, cancer chemotherapy, corticosteroids such as prednisone), mefloquine.
Other vaccines may be given at the same time as this vaccine, but they should be given with separate syringes and at different injection sites. If the BCG vaccine cannot be given at the same time as other live vaccines, then it should be given at least 4 weeks later.
This vaccine may interfere with the tuberculin skin test, possibly causing false test results. Before having this skin test, make sure that the health care professional knows that you have received this vaccine.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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