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Tuberculin tests in BCG vaccination

From Dr M Barrie

Kingston upon Thames

Surrey

Dr Moffitt says tuberculin testing is no longer

performed (prior to BCG vaccination) in children

under the age of six (Letters,

13 April).

I run a TB vaccination service in Kingston upon Thames and my own

practrice is to perform a tuberculin (Mantoux) test on all patients over the ageof

three months prior to administering a BCG

vaccine.

The correspondence in Pulse followed the publication of a picture showing a BCG abscess (Clinical, 23 March).

I agree with Dr Moffitt

that such abscesses could herald active TB in the

patient.

Performing Mantoux

tests reduces the likelihood

of this scenario

occurring.

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