I hope am posting to the right place. My brother is in prison. He called me today so scared. It seems as the prisoners were being given flu shots, the flu serum got mixed up with the TB serum they use to test for TB. He got a mega dose in the shoulder. The nurse told him it should not hurt him but he is scared since it was at least ten times the amount that would be put under a person's skin to check for tuberculosis and he got it in the muscle. Does anyone have any info I can share with him about an overdose of this serum?
As far as I'm aware the antigens in the Mantoux (PPD) test are killed, they're not live. I believe they use dead fragments of M. Tuberculosis in the PPD test. So the worst that would happen is he could get a really swollen shoulder were it was injected, but that would only happen if his immune system recognizes the TB fragments, which would only happen if he has ever had an active infection of bacteria in the Mycobacterium family, mainly Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. If he has a reaction it would be with in 48-72hrs after the injection, but either way it's harmless, and won't cause an infection of TB.
If it happened to be an overdose of a BCG vaccine that could be another story though, but BCG isn't used in the United States, because we have such a low occurence of TB, they figure mass inoculation is more dangerous than the risk of catching TB.
hi brenda! can you tell me what happen to you brother's arm a week after? Got the same problem but my arm have a BIG bump now. Dont know what to to do with the swelling. its really big. they injected 1ml in my skin!
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