Low birth weight infants and Calmette-Guérin bacillus vaccination at birth: community study from Guinea-Bissau.

  title={Low birth weight infants and Calmette-Gu{\'e}rin bacillus vaccination at birth: community study from Guinea-Bissau.},
  author={Adam Edvin Roth and Henrik Jensen and M L Garly and Queba Djana and Ces{\'a}rio Lourenco Martins and Morten Sodemann and A. J. Ant{\'o}nio J. Rodrigues and Peter Aaby},
  journal={The Pediatric infectious disease journal},
  volume={23 6},
BACKGROUND In developing countries, low birth weight (LBW) children are often not vaccinated with Calmette-Guérin bacillus (BCG) at birth. Recent studies have suggested that BCG may have a nonspecific beneficial effect on infant mortality. We evaluated the consequences of not vaccinating LBW children at birth in Guinea-Bissau. METHODS Between 1989 and 1999, 7138 children born at the central hospital had a birth weight registered. We assessed BCG coverage until 3 years of age. Data on… CONTINUE READING


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