Workers who may be exposed to tuberculosis in their jobs are not routinely recommended to receive BCG vaccine
Some occupational groups have an increased risk of tuberculosis, including:
- healthcare workers who are likely to encounter patients with tuberculosis — for example, staff at chest clinics
- people involved in autopsies
People in these occupations are not routinely recommended to receive BCG vaccine because:
- the evidence of benefit of BCG vaccination in adults is limited
- vaccination interferes with the interpretation of tuberculin skin test (TST) results
Consider BCG vaccination for TST-negative healthcare workers who are at high risk of exposure to drug-resistant tuberculosis. This is because drug-resistant infections are difficult to treat.
In the workplace, tuberculosis prevention and control should focus on:
- infection control measures
- employment-based TST screening
- therapy for latent tuberculosis infection
- bacille Calmette-Guérin
Printed content may be out of date. For up to date information, always refer to the digital version: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/recommendations/workers-who-may-be-exposed-to-tuberculosis-in-their-jobs-are-not-routinely.