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Future Microbiol. 2019 Jun;14:15-19. doi: 10.2217/fmb-2018-0237. Epub 2019 Jul 5.

Vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccination among Italian healthcare workers: a review of current literature.

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Department of Medical & Surgical Sciences & Advanced Technologies 'GF Ingrassia', University of Catania, Via S Sofia, 87, 95123, Sicily, Italy.
Department of General Surgery & Medical-Surgical Specialties, University of Catania, Via Plebiscito, 628, 95124, Sicily, Italy.
Department of Translational Research, New Technologies in Medicine & Surgery, University of Pisa, Via Savi, 10, 56126, Pisa, Italy.


Protection of healthcare workers (HCWs) from biological hazards in the workplace has the added benefit of contributing to the quality of patient care and patient safety. Vaccinated HCWs act as a barrier against the spread of infections and maintain essential healthcare delivery during outbreaks. In Italy, specific recommendations for vaccination of HCWs are issued by the Ministry of Health within the framework of the National Immunization Prevention Plan. These recommendations provide advice regarding HCW vaccination for hepatitis B, influenza, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and tuberculosis. This paper summarizes the current literature on vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccination among Italian HCWs.


biological hazards; hesitancy; outbreak; vaccination coverage


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