Tuberculosis prevention in children
Children can get infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria (M. tuberculosis) and not have active disease. However once infected, children with vulnerable immune systems, such as the very young, HIV-infected or severely malnourished, are most at risk of progressing to active TB disease.
Even though TB is a preventable and curable disease, it continues to impact the lives and development of millions of children around the world. Children represent about 11% of all people with TB globally, with over 1.1 million children falling ill with it every year (1).
Can we protect children from TB?
Yes – latent TB infection (LTBI) testing and treatment can ensure TB disease prevention after exposure to the TB bacteria. Watch a webinar below with pediatric TB experts to understand how testing and treating pediatric LTBI can help prevent development of TB disease in children.
- WHO. (2021) WHO consolidated guidelines on tuberculosis. Module 5: Management of tuberculosis in children and adolescents.
- World Health Organization. (2020) Global tuberculosis report.