MP’s plea for a shot in the arm over TB

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

AN MP wants univer­sal tu­ber­cu­lo­sis vac­ci­na­tion brought back as cases of the lung dis­ease rise.

The BCG vac­cine, once given to all chil­dren un­der 16 at a cost of £3 per dose, has not been rou­tinely ad­min­is­tered since 2005.

One per­son died of the ill­ness last year in Wales, and in Lon­don – where 2,200 of 5,200 an­nual cases were di­ag­nosed – only 22 of the 32 lo­cal bor­oughs of­fered the vac­ci­na­tion.

Craig Mackin­lay, Tory MP for South Thanet, said: “Rou­tine vac­ci­na­tion should be the norm.”

A Depart­ment of Health spokesman said: “We tar­get those most at risk from ex­po­sure.”

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