Important information to read before booking a BCG vaccination appointment

In NSW BCG vaccine is only recommended for:

The BCG vaccine can take 3 months to provide protection against TB disease. Therefore BCG vaccine should ideally be given 3 months prior to travel to a high TB incidence country.

Children over 6 months of age or with prior TB exposure are required to have a tuberculin skin test​ before they can have the BCG vaccine. This requires two visits to the TB service 48-72 hours apart.

BCG is a live vaccine and must be given on either the same day or 4 weeks before or after other injectable live vaccines. Injectable live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, zoster and yellow fever vaccines.

Read the guidance for parents and carers: travelling overseas with children and the risk of tuberculosis.

Request a BCG vaccination

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, BCG vaccinations have been put on hold at most TB services in NSW.

Requests for vaccination may still be submitted, but local TB services may not respond until services are re-instated in your local area. Contact is usually made by email.

Complete and submit a request for BCG vaccination .

More information​

For more information please see BCG vaccination information for parents​​.​​​​​​​​

Current as at: Monday 13 September 2021
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