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Vaccination Against Tuberculosis
The B. C. G. vaccine of Professor Calmette of the Pasteur Institute is being more and more widely used in France. It is given by mouth and only to the new-born during the first ten days following birth. Thus far, the vaccine has been administered almost solely in maternity hospitals, with the consent of the parents. Infants brought in from outside are likewise vaccinated. During the last three years, thousands of infants have been vaccinated, preference being given to those who, born of tuberculous parents, were destined to be brought up by their parents in an environment in which they would be constantly exposed to infection. Less than 1 per cent of these children have become tuberculous, and the few who have contracted the infection were found to have been associated with a mother who was gravely infected. In some instances it is possible that the fetus
PARIS. JAMA. 1927;88(11):852-853. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680370080016