Living in Japan, I have noticed that a lot of my friends and their children have a small array of scars on their arm from vaccination. This is because in Japan, Tuberculosis is a threat and the BCG vaccine is used to keep it in check. The BCG vaccine has a very high safety record, but the one drawback is that the scars on the arm can sometimes be permanent. This is due to the fact that there is a nine point needle used for injecting the vaccine:
Given that the risk assessment points me to the fact that having this nine point scar is much better than the alternative of risking my babies getting TB, I will be taking them to get the vaccine on schedule. As a parent of two beautiful twin boys however, the though of permanent scars on their arms is a bit of a bummer...
Does anyone know of any TB vaccine that doesn't leave such scars that isn't in the experimental stage? I haven't been able to find one.
I know it is a relatively minor thing, but I thought I would ask just in case their was one.