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    I'm a bit confused on this issue. I asked my mum back when I was 13 if there were any injections that left a mark, out of general interest. She said that there was, and that she didn't need to have the one that did (BCG; she claims to have had it as a baby, and has no scar on her arm). More recently, I've noticed that I have an extremely faint crater on my upper arm, which measures about 5-6mm in diameter. It appears to be colourless (perhaps a tiny bit whiter if you look extremely carefully, and cannot be seen in standard indoor conditions, and can only be seen if one pays great attention in outdoor conditions. My mum had told me that I was never given the BCG, so what is this very faint scar from? Most BCG scars that I've seen on older people are the same size, but a more obvious colour (whiter). I have a couple of scars from picking on my upper arm and they are shiny and pink, not craterish and normal-whitish. Does this vaccination scar less if given to a toddler/small child, or is this faint mark from something else?

    I'm not aware of this mark as being from the BCG, and I couldn't have been given it at birth given that there was a shortage back in the year I was born (2000). Was Bath (where I lived when very small) a high risk TB area or not? My red medical book has no note of me ever having it.

    I've seen similar marks, a bit like a typical BCG scar but fainter, on other kids at my school (I live in the outskirts of a town in South-West England). What's going on here? I thought that only people aged around 24 and over were routinely given it (Y9 <2005)? My area doesn't seem like a high risk location.

    What would you say is going on here? Do people get given the vaccine secretely without any knowledge, am I getting it confused for something else, or what? If you're under 24, do you have anything like this (even if very faint) anywhere on your upper arm?
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    (Original post by RJDG14)
    I'm a bit confused on this issue. I asked my mum back when I was 13 if there were any injections that left a mark, out of general interest. She said that there was, and that she didn't need to have the one that did (BCG; she claims to have had it as a baby, and has no scar on her arm). More recently, I've noticed that I have an extremely faint crater on my upper arm, which measures about 5-6mm in diameter. It appears to be colourless (perhaps a tiny bit whiter if you look extremely carefully, and cannot be seen in standard indoor conditions, and can only be seen if one pays great attention in outdoor conditions. My mum had told me that I was never given the BCG, so what is this very faint scar from? Most BCG scars that I've seen on older people are the same size, but a more obvious colour (whiter). I have a couple of scars from picking on my upper arm and they are shiny and pink, not craterish and normal-whitish. Does this vaccination scar less if given to a toddler/small child, or is this faint mark from something else?

    I'm not aware of this mark as being from the BCG, and I couldn't have been given it at birth given that there was a shortage back in the year I was born (2000). Was Bath (where I lived when very small) a high risk TB area or not? My red medical book has no note of me ever having it.

    I've seen similar marks, a bit like a typical BCG scar but fainter, on other kids at my school (I live in the outskirts of a town in South-West England). What's going on here? I thought that only people aged around 24 and over were routinely given it (Y9 <2005)? My area doesn't seem like a high risk location.

    What would you say is going on here? Do people get given the vaccine secretely without any knowledge, am I getting it confused for something else, or what? If you're under 24, do you have anything like this (even if very faint) anywhere on your upper arm?
    Are you male or female? My HPV jab left a tiny scar which has since healed, but i think you would have missed out on that one, it could be a scar from your tetanus jab otherwise i have no clue, sorry
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Are you male or female? My HPV jab left a tiny scar which has since healed, but i think you would have missed out on that one, it could be a scar from your tetanus jab otherwise i have no clue, sorry
    I'm male, so never had the HPV jab. I got given a DTP (tetanus) jab last year and it left nothing. If it were from anything in the last 5 years I would have known.
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    (Original post by RJDG14)
    I'm male, so never had the HPV jab. I got given a DTP (tetanus) jab last year and it left nothing. If it were from anything in the last 5 years I would have known.
    Hmm some gps will print your full vaccination record off for free or it could just be a strangely shaped scar.
 
 
 
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