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Discovering TuberculosisA Global History, 1900 to the Present$
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Christian W. McMillen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300190298

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300190298.001.0001

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Questioning BCG

Questioning BCG

Mass Resistance in India

(p.91) 6. Questioning BCG
Discovering Tuberculosis

Christian W. McMillen

Yale University Press

When the International Tuberculosis Campaign and then the WHO launched their mass BCG campaigns in India in the 1950s, they were met, for a time, with fierce resistance. Some Indians objected to the use of a controversial vaccine to solve what they considered to be a social problem. They deployed scientific disagreements over BCG against the planners of the mass campaigns and stirred up considerable resistance. In south India especially, the mass campaigns were shut down temporarily. This chapter explores why the resistance was so successful as well as so short-lived.

Keywords:   India, World Health Organization, International Health Organization, BCG, resistance

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