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June 13, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(7):624. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690070058020

Administration of BCG Vaccine.  —BCG vaccine has to be obtained from the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories at Melbourne, to which it is necessary to give two weeks' notice. The order has to be placed through the health department in the state concerned. The vaccine is delivered by air, and must be collected immediately from the airplane, placed in a refrigerator, and used within the next 24 to 36 hours. Before a person can receive BCG vaccine it is necessary for him to be Mantoux-tested on two occasions at six week intervals. Roentgenography of the chest is an essential preliminary. Four weeks after the BCG vaccine has been given, the reaction is read and noted. Four weeks later another Mantoux test is done, and further Mantoux tests are required at six month intervals. The Commonwealth Serum Laboratories refuse to supply BCG vaccine unless this technique is adhered to. Complete records have to

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