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    Hey TSR,

    I've started working in a hospital and in order to ward volunteer I've been told I need a BCG (TB) vaccination. First I've got to go and have a Mantoux test in about a month, then based on the results of this I might need a vaccine (more like probably will need a vaccine, as I've never had a TB jab before/never had TB).

    Any advice or experiences of what to expect in either the test or the vaccine? Thanks!
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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    Hey TSR,

    I've started working in a hospital and in order to ward volunteer I've been told I need a BCG (TB) vaccination. First I've got to go and have a Mantoux test in about a month, then based on the results of this I might need a vaccine (more like probably will need a vaccine, as I've never had a TB jab before/never had TB).

    Any advice or experiences of what to expect in either the test or the vaccine? Thanks!
    I had this at school many moons ago. The test is pretty painless and leaves a mark on your arm for a few days (a circle of needle marks). The vaccine itself was a bit more painful, worse than a seasonal flu jab, and was sore for a while afterwards. It leaves a scar in most cases. You have to be careful not to hit the area otherwise scarring can be worse.

    Edit: oops! I had the heaf test, not the mantoux test.

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    (Original post by EllyJelly)
    Hey TSR,

    I've started working in a hospital and in order to ward volunteer I've been told I need a BCG (TB) vaccination. First I've got to go and have a Mantoux test in about a month, then based on the results of this I might need a vaccine (more like probably will need a vaccine, as I've never had a TB jab before/never had TB).

    Any advice or experiences of what to expect in either the test or the vaccine? Thanks!
    Had the test last year (have the disease ) and it's on your inside forearm near your elbow. They use one needle and inject the virus just under the top layer of your skin. It doesn't hurt, leaves a red mark and then after 48 hours you go back to be read as a positive or negative. If it's positive you'll have a bump - not a flat mark/blemish it has to be like a subcutaneous bump as well as atop your skin and a certain diameter.

    This is not a definitive indicator of TB by the way, there are two blood tests (quantifiron is most reliable) and even then (like me) they might not be able to say you have it without scans and looking through your medical history.

    You can carry on with your normal day but there are a couple of things not to do during Mantoux test like don't scratch lol.

    Feel free to ask anything else but you're unlikely to have TB and honestly the amount of medical professionals that have been amazed that I was positive just shows how rare it is. That's unless you're like from another country/travel A LOT/work in an international environment. Though saying that London has more TB than Rawada, and it's most prevalent in Africa.
 
 
 
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