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Am J Infect Control. 2013 Jan;41(1):66-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.01.028. Epub 2012 Jun 17.

Attitudes toward mandatory occupational vaccinations and vaccination coverage against vaccine-preventable diseases of health care workers in primary health care centers.

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Department for Interventions in Health Care Facilities, Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens, Greece. helen-maltezou@ath.forthnet.gr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of this study was to assess the attitudes regarding mandatory occupational vaccinations and the vaccination coverage against vaccine-preventable diseases among health care workers (HCWs) working in primary health care centers in Greece.

METHODS:

A standardized questionnaire was distributed to HCWs working in all primary health care centers in Greece (n = 185).

RESULTS:

A total of 2,055 of 5,639 HCWs (36.4% response rate) from 152 primary health care centers participated. The self-reported completed vaccination rates were 23.3% against measles, 23.3% against mumps, 29.8% against rubella, 3% against varicella, 5.8% against hepatitis A, 55.7% against hepatitis B, and 47.3% against tetanus-diphtheria; corresponding susceptibility rates were 17%, 25%, 18.6%, 16.7%, 87.5%, 35%, and 52.6%. Mandatory vaccinations were supported by 65.1% of 1,807 respondents, with wide differences by disease. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed higher rates of acceptance of mandatory vaccination in physicians compared with other HCW categories.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite the fact that two-thirds of HCWs working in primary health care centers in Greece support mandatory vaccination for HCWs, completed vaccination rates against vaccine-preventable diseases are suboptimal.

PMID:
22709989
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2012.01.028
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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