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G Ital Med Lav Ergon. 2012 Jul-Sep;34(3 Suppl):283-5.

[Hepatitis B vaccination coverage and booster dose: results from a survey on healthcare students].

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  • 1Unità Medicina Occupazionale ed Ambientale, Azienda Ospedaliera San Gerardo di Monza via Pergolesi 33, 20900 Monza, Italy.


This study assessed the immunisation status against hepatitis B in healthcare students and residents, before their hospital internship, as suggested by the "National Immunization Prevention Plan 2012-2014". The concentration of antibodies against hepatitis B was measured in 2,491 subjects (70.90% women), born between 1980 and 1993 and visited between January 1st 2000 and July 15th 2012. Personal and serologic data were collected for each subjects. Individuals with antibody less than 10 mIU/mL (327, 13.3%) were given a booster dose and re-tested 2 months later. The multivariate logistic regression evidenced that immunization is influenced by the gender, the age at first vaccination, the time elapsed between first vaccination and antibody measurement. This study confirms the importance of measuring the concentration of antibodies against hepatitis B among healthcare students, even if they have previously been vaccinated, according to the "National Immunization Prevention Plan 2012-2014".

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