What are the side effects of bacillus of calmette and guerin?

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Common side effects of bacillus of calmette and guerin (BCG) vaccine include:

  • urinary symptoms (burning during urination after the first treatment, blood in your urine, frequent or painful urination)
  • flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, joint pain)
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Tell your doctor if these side effects persist or become severe.

More serious side effects include cough, fever, or a skin rash. If you experience these side effects during or after BCG treatment, tell your doctor right away.

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