When travelling abroad, BCG vaccination is recommended for anyone over the age of 16 who has not previously been vaccinated and is planning to spend a prolonged period of time in an area where risk of exposure or treatment-resistant strains are high. This includes areas of sub-Saharan Africa, south and southeast Asia, the Middle East, Central America and the Caribbean.
To determine whether a BCG vaccine is needed, you must first have a Mantoux test. This to see whether you are already infected or have an active form of the disease. It works by injecting a live version of tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) into the skin to test your sensitivity. The stronger the reaction, the greater the likelihood that a person has an active form of the disease and therefore should not have the vaccine as it will be ineffective.
A strong reaction to the Mantoux test may require referral to for specialist TB treatment.
The vaccine is taken in 2 doses, 1-6 weeks apart. It is important the second dose is taken before you travel.
- Mantoux Test (2 visits required 48 hours apart) -
- BCG Vaccine -
- Vaccination Appointment (single vaccine) - £35
- Vaccination Appointment (up to 3 vaccines) - £60
Book Your Appointment Today
Our innovative, personalised Private GP Service is only a click away. We’re here for you and your whole family with our easy pay-as-you-go-service
Book Your Appointment Now
Contact Midland Health
Would you like to hear more? Please submit any queries or feedback via our online form and a member of the team will respond within 24 hours.
Looking to book a consultation? Leave a telephone number and a Midland Health representative will get back to you with all the details you need to get the ball rolling! We’re excited for you to see the full range of services we have to offer.