Whether you ask for the advice or not, all medical professionals will advise you to get the BCG vaccination for your newborn baby in the hospital before you leave. This is for a few reasons:
- It’s less traumatic for everyone involved to do this straight away, rather than making a separate doctor’s appointment
- There’s UK-wide shortage of the BCG vaccine.
This means that while it’s sometimes tricky in the hospital, the odds are reasonable that they’ll have enough of the vaccine on hand for newborn babies. If you leave without getting it done, it means a reasonably long waiting list for the GP to get some more in, never mind the length of time it may take to get an appointment in the first place.
I know baby will likely be at home for the first weeks anyway, and the odds of encountering TB is largely small, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, herd immunity is still important, and you don’t want to fall into the risk of letting it slip by the wayside…