Can the BCG vaccine cause side effects?

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Yes, it is possible for the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine to cause side effects such as fever, swollen lymph nodes or redness where the vaccine was injected. Also, you may experience an upset stomach or vomiting. If you experience any of these side effects from the BCG vaccine, contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away. Talk to your doctor about how severe your side effect symptoms are and discuss possible solutions.

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