Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

THE world­wide shortage of BCG vac­cine to pro­tect chil­dren against TB means that supplies will not now be avail­able un­til early 2018.

The vac­cine, which was given rou­tinely to in­fants, has not been avail­able in Ire­land since the end of April 2015.

There is only one li­censed sup­plier of the BCG vac­cine to Ire­land. The man­u­fac­turer has had dif­fi­cul­ties in the pro­duc­tion of the BCG vac­cine. Ef­forts have been made to find a com­pany who can pro­vide the vac­cine for use in Ire­land which sat­is­fies all reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments on safety and ef­fi­cacy.

But no suit­able al­ter­na­tive prod­uct has been found.

It has meant there is now a back­log of tens of thou­sands of chil­dren who are not vac­ci­nated against the disease. There are around 400 cases of TB re­ported an­nu­ally.

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