bacille Calmette-Guerin

 

As a Guatemalan native I can relate to those babies who come into the hospital with questionable tuberculosis just because they come from a different country. A country where they received a vaccine because TB is prevalent. My heart beat is this, become informed because you’ll never guess what happens next. The American hopsital will run a TB skin test in order to rule it out, which will indeed come back positive, because the patient is making antibodies and now it will be the family who worries, the patient will receive a Chest Xray, countless labs that take days to result and be quarantined until one day a doctor decides thats enough.  As an informed consumer, a nurse, or a concerned member of society I encourage you to challenge doctors, nurses and all health care providers a like.

Standing up for the vulnerable is hard, especially because experts are working out of fear. Stand firm, be gentle and persevere. Use your resources. The CDC states the following “BCG, or bacille Calmette-Guerin, is a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) disease. Many foreign-born persons have been BCG-vaccinated. BCG is used in many countries with a high prevalence of TB to prevent childhood tuberculous meningitis and miliary disease. However, BCG is not generally recommended for use in the United States because of the low risk of infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.” 

This is not outlier type of situation. This happens all the time. Our hospitals are filled with fearful and vulnerable populations.  We must not even begin to discuss cost because thats altogether upsetting as well. Lets put our hands on our hearts, stop looking the other way and stand up.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/prevention/bcg.htm

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