Australia has run out of BCG vaccine

Australia has run out of BCG vaccine to protect against tuberculosis, and clinicians are being advised to offer exposure testing and drug therapy instead.

A worldwide shortage of BCG vaccine means that a TGA-registered product has not been available in Australia since 31 December 2015, according to an alert posted by SA Health.

Since it is not clear when any new stocks of the vaccine will be available in Australia, interim measures are being implemented based on tuberculin skin testing (Mantoux test) and the use of preventive drug treatment in patients who show signs of the disease (see