BCG vaccination and severity of childhood tuberculous meningitis

Rajshekhar, V.
November 2005
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;Nov2005, Vol. 76 Issue 11, p1470
Academic Journal
The article discusses whether bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG) vaccination can lessen the severity of serious forms of tuberculosis. A recent meta-analysis revealed that the protective effect of BCG vaccination in infants was only around 50% against all forms of tuberculosis. It has been suggested that although BCG vaccination is not highly effective in preventing the illness, it does play a role in reducing the severity of the more serious forms of the disease such as tuberculous meningitis. The author also comments on an article published in the November 2005 issue of the "Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry."


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