Have all equipment ready. Tubersol® 5 tuberculin units of PPD is recommended. Check expiry dates. Use a disposable tuberculin syringe and a ¼ to ½", 26 or 27 gauge needle with a short bevel.
A table indicating a TEST result, and the situations in which it is considered positive.
A table of TB information, and a downloadable poster of the resource.
BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin) is a vaccine for TB that is given in many countries. In Canada, it is only given to a small group of high risk people. BCG does not provide very much protection from TB disease.
You can ask your primary health care provider (e.g., family doctor) for a TST.
A TB skin test is also known as a tuberculin skin test (TST). It shows if you have been exposed to the TB germ and have it in your body. This test is also called a Mantoux test. It is not a vaccine. A TST is safe during pregnancy.