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Consensus statement on the revised World Health Organization recommendations for BCG vaccination in HIV-infected infants

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This document outlines the consensus agreement from the BCG Working Group, Child Lung Health Section, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease from the 38th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Cape Town regarding BCG vaccination in HIV-infected infants. Recently revised World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines make HIV infection in infants a full contraindication to bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination. BCG is one of the most widely given vaccines globally and is safe in immunocompetent individuals. Recent evidence shows that HIV-infected infants who were routinely vaccinated with BCG at birth, when asymptomatic, and who later developed AIDS, are at high risk of developing disseminated BCG disease (estimated incidence 407-1,300 per 100,000).

Language: English
Format: Web Page
Regions: Global, Sub-Saharan Africa
Audiences: Doctors/Physicians, Policymakers, Program Managers
Topic Area: Complications of HIV in Children
Resource Type: Journal Articles