Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccination

Newborn - 6 months

The Tuberculosis (TB) Vaccine

Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious illness that mainly affects the lungs. The germs that cause tuberculosis are a type of bacteria. Tuberculosis can spread when a person with the illness coughs, sneezes or sings.

 

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Where is it found?

Most of the people who fall ill with TB live in low- and middle-income countries, but TB is present all over the world. About half of all people with TB can be found in 8 countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa.

Who is at risk?

Newborn babies and children under 6 months old living in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, or high risk countries for a period of 3 months or more.