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Is there a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB)?

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In countries with high rates of TB infection, infants are often given the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine, or BCG. Doctors in the U.S. don’t generally recommend it because TB isn’t a widespread problem here.

Still, health care workers who spend a lot of time around TB patients might benefit from the vaccine. Doctors make that decision based on the health care worker and their unique circumstances.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Tuberculosis: TB Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis Self-management.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Home Respiratory Precautions for Patients with Potentially Infectious Tuberculosis.”

Vaccines.gov: “Tuberculosis (TB).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 18, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Tuberculosis: TB Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tuberculosis Self-management.”

Minnesota Department of Health: “Home Respiratory Precautions for Patients with Potentially Infectious Tuberculosis.”

Vaccines.gov: “Tuberculosis (TB).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 18, 2018

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