Are you traveling to Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia or Latin America? You might need a BCG vaccination or tuberculosis testing before and/or after your journey. This is not the case for all countries, first check the travel advise of your specific destination on the country list
Testing for tuberculosis or in some case vaccination might be necessary if one of the following situations is applicable to you.
Please contact the tuberculosis department of the GGD well ahead of time of departure.
The investigation can include one or more tests listed below:
If testing for tuberculosis is needed, please contact your GGD.
The most frequent form of tuberculosis is pulmonary tuberculosis. Patients with pulmonary tuberculosis can be contagious if they cough and bacteria are transmitted through the air to another person. Try to avoid persons who are coughing. If not possible, breathe through your nose and not your mouth. Cover your face by mask, shawl or handkerchief. Avoid small, dark and poorly ventilated areas (small houses, huts or slums to minimize the risk of infection. If unavoidable try and sit next to an open window.
If after your journey you are coughing for longer than 3 weeks, we advise you to consult a doctor or general practitioner. Let the doctor know where you have been and in which country.
For more information see the websites www.tuberculose.nl and informationfolder Travelling and TB
To give correct travel advise we need additional information. Please fill in the Questionnaire vragenlijst and send it to your GGD.