Beaujangles Posted April 14, 2021 Share Posted April 14, 2021 14 hours ago, campanar said: At least they did an allergy test before giving the BCG vaccine (unless it was faked of course). Do they still do that? I was given the BCG when I was a child, apparently it was because a grandfather had TB. A few years later in school, still a child they came around giving kids the `heaf test`https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095926527 .This test was little needle pricks in a circle on your forearm. It deposited tuberculin cells. If your didn't react, you had no antibodies to TB. If you developed a raised reddish lump at the site of the test you were immune. Fast forward 30 years, before my realization that vaccines were questionable at best - I was given a heaf test again as a measure because I had a chest infection. My forearm became swollen and red. The doctor at that time warned me that I must never have the test again. He said something about the body becoming super sensitized each time it receives the test when you have antibodies to TB. This made me wonder how the vaccine would actually react to TB if contracted. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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