There is currently a UK shortage of BCG vaccine and mantoux vaccine. During the UK shortage we have sourced BCG vaccine from our UK suppliers who are importing the BCG vaccine from the Serum Institute of India with the permission of the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
During this time we will be running 3 weekly mantoux clinics and one monthly BCG clinic at our Worthing clinic – please call 01903 254774 to book an appointment. A BCG vaccine can be given up to 3 months after a negative Mantoux test. Please contact the clinic for further information.
If you can not attend one of our Mantoux clinics we can offer the T-Spot TB Blood test- this test screens for latent and current tuberculosis infection.
Tuberculosis is most commonly transmitted via droplet infection. BCG vaccination is recommended for travellers under 16 years of age who will be living or working with local people for a prolonged period of time (three months or more). Following individual risk assessment, vaccination may also be considered for travellers under the age of 35 years who may be at high risk through their occupation abroad e.g. healthcare workers.
Before a BCG vaccine can be given a Mantoux test must be preformed to check you do not have active TB. The Mantoux test is used as a screening test for tuberculosis infection and does not measure immunity from a previous BCG vaccine.
Note: you should not have received any live vaccines( Yellow Fever, Varicella, Shingles, MMR) in the 4 weeks before you have a Mantoux test.
For further information about who should receive a BCG and the Mantoux test visit: NHS Choices
2 appointments required – You will need to attend on day 1 for the test and have the results read 48 hours later. Please note: if you have had a recent MMR vaccine you must wait 4 weeks before having a mantoux test.
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Children – please note: we only offer Mantoux testing to children aged 12 years and over if indicated.