GP attitude helps ward off patient complaints
Mounting reports of adverse events in babies immunised with BCG have prompted the Department of Health to develop a training video on vaccination technique, to be circulated to all GP practices.
The current vaccine has to be given intradermally and can cause problems when used incorrectly. According to yellow card data, there have been 229 general disorders and injection site reactions, 120 infections and 99 skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders.
The Committee on Safety of Medicines reviewed the
vaccine in response to the
reports, but concluded that improved training on vaccination technique was needed rather than any additional safety signals.