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Lijec Vjesn. 1998 Oct-Nov;120(10-11):319-22.

[Fear of vaccination against hepatitis B--one of the reasons of low vaccination rate among health-care workers].

[Article in Croatian]

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Interna klinika, Opća bolnica Sveti Duh, Zagreb.


We examined 120 health care workers from two Zagreb hospitals with regard to hepatitis B vaccination, and the reasons for not accepting the vaccination. The majority of the examinees (83, 88%) were often exposed to HBV infection and many experienced needlestick exposure to blood (63, 67%). Despite all this, only 55 (67%) examinees routinely use some protective devices at work, but 26 (33%) do not. 57 (60%) examinees believe they can be infected with hepatitis B through vaccination and 57 (72%) believe other "dangerous" complications are also possible. Only 33 (35%) examinees received complete vaccination while others received only one (30, 37%) or two doses of vaccine (30, 35%). 33 (66%) examinees did not accept the vaccination. Only 8.3 (10%) examinees know the procedure after the needlestick exposure to blood. A total of 38 (60%) examinees attended educative lectures on HBV infection before the vaccination. Therefore, poor knowledge about vaccination against hepatitis B among our health care workers demands continuous education and permanent vaccination to avoid occupational hepatitis B.

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