It was almost wiped out in the Uk.But it was brought back from foreign lands with folk emigrating to the UK and is now spreading throughout the United Kingdom.In my days everyone was immunized against it.Maybe they will have to start it again.
Both my sister and I had Pulmonary Tuberculosis in 1955 (sister) and 1958 (me). My sister was confined to bed for 18 months, I was diagnosed in the early stages since I had regular checks because of my sister. We were both extremely lucky because of the development of antibiotics. My uncle had it years earlier, when the only treatment was to take away the infected parts of the lungs. He died at an early age. Its a terrible disease and i,m sad its making a return, but it can be cured and controlled
Funnily enough (or not rather, when i explain), coming across this thread reminded me that although i had filled in the consent forms last year AND this year for my 15 & 16 year old children to have their TB vaccinations at school, they never took place so i needed to chase up about it. I've just rung the doctors clinic, to which i was told that they didn't do TB vaccinations there and i would have to ring the chest clinic to enquire. This i did, and guess what? They do NOT give TB vaccinations anymore unless you fit the "at risk" criteria!! (this apparently is the decision made by the bigwig government health ppl, not the clinic themselves). So, with the rise in TB cases the logic is???? I want my children protected against this disease that is becoming more and more prevalent the same way that myself and many others have been routinely protected in prior years. The Health body has taken away my childrens basic routine protection and i am not happy one little bit!