Why it is complicated to vaccinate your child in Paris

HEALTH – Vaccination against tuberculosis is no longer compulsory in France, but is still recommended in Ile-de-France by the Higher Council of Public Health

It is not mandatory but it is recommended, but at the same time it is not really available. In Paristhe vaccine against tuberculosis (BCG) can easily make young Parisian parents dizzy. Let’s try to see it more clearly.

Why is the vaccine recommended and is it no longer required?

Based on the recommendations of theWHO and other European countries, the Superior Council of Public Health (HCSP) “recommends that the practical threshold to define a country with high tuberculosis endemicity is an annual incidence of tuberculosis disease > 40/100,000 inhabitants”, recalls the regional health agency (ARS) of Ile-de-France. And therefore take this threshold to decide whether or not vaccination is required. Up is yes, down is no.

In France there are 7.6 declared cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2020, so compulsory vaccination is not necessary. But in Ile de France, the situation is significantly different, specifies the ARS. In 2020, 4,606 cases of tuberculosis were reported in France, including 36% in Ile-de-France. This makes for this same year a tuberculosis declaration rate of 14.3/100,000 inhabitants, or twice the national rate. “That’s why it was decided [avis du HCSP du 1er février 2013] keep watch(…) Read more in 20 minutes

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