In NSW, BCG vaccine is recommended for:
BCG is a live vaccine. People who need more than one live vaccine injection should either:
Other live infected vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, zoster and yellow fever vaccines.
The vaccine can take 3 months to provide protection against TB. The BCG vaccine should ideally be given 3 months before travel to a country where TB is common.
A tuberculin skin test (Mantoux test or TST) is needed prior to BCG vaccination if the person to be vaccinated:
Read the guidance for parents and carers:
travelling overseas with children and the risk of tuberculosis.
There is limited availability for BCG vaccinations in NSW Health clinics. We recommend submitting a request 4-6 months before travel.
You should recieve a response within 10 working days, usually by email. Please check your spam or junk folders.
Complete and submit a request for BCG vaccination .
For more information, please see
BCG vaccination information for patients and families.