Researchers find that receiving the bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine at birth may provide protection against hospitalization for sepsis and respiratory infections.

“Although we did not find a significant effect on child mortality, the study suggests that BCG vaccine may have significant beneficial effects on the health of pediatric patients from a developed country,” the researchers wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “Additional research is needed to define the path toward obtaining unequivocal evidence on these issues that would support future robust, evidence-based adjustments in immunization policies.”

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