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Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2008;120(13-14):422-6. doi: 10.1007/s00508-008-1005-6.

High seroprevalence of varicella, measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis antibodies in first-grade medical students.

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  • 1Communicable Diseases Center, Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia. maja.socan@ivz-rs.si



The aim of the study was to investigate seropositivity for five vaccine-preventable communicable diseases - varicella, measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis - in a sample of first-grade medical students.


A total of 256 students were tested for varicella IgG antibodies. In addition, 138 of the students were serologically screened for measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis antibodies. Data on vaccination and history of measles, mumps, rubella and pertussis were collected.


Immunity to varicella, measles, mumps and rubella was established in 97.6%, 96.4%, 97.8% and 99.3% participants, respectively. Anti-pertussis toxin antibodies were detected in 81.2% of the students.


The rates of varicella, measles, mumps and rubella immunity in first-grade medical students are very high. To identify those students who need vaccination before commencing practical work in healthcare facilities, a meticulous disease and vaccination history should be taken and medical records should be reviewed. Medical students providing no written evidence of adequate vaccination status should be serologically tested and vaccinated if necessary.

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