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Six years' experience with the discontinuation of BCG vaccination. 4. Protective effect of BCG vaccination against the Mycobacterium avium intracellulare complex.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Tubercle and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Publication Date
Volume
75
Issue
5
Pages
348–352
Identifiers
PMID: 7841428
Source
Medline
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Abstract

In non-BCG vaccinated children the incidence of lymphadenitis caused by M. avium complex was considerably higher than in vaccinated children. BCG cells possess antigenic determinants which confer protective immunity probably both against M. tuberculosis and against M. avium complex infections. It may thus be assumed that BCG vaccination protects both against pathogenic tubercle bacilli and M. avium complex. This should be taken into consideration before recommending discontinuation of mass BCG vaccination of newborns in areas with a high prevalence of M. avium complex infection.

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