Susceptibility to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Adherence among Healthcare Workers in Italy: a Cross-Sectional Survey at a Regional Acute-Care University Hospital and a Systematic Review.

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Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2016 Dec 7:0. [Epub ahead of print]

Susceptibility to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Vaccination Adherence among Healthcare Workers in Italy: a Cross-Sectional Survey at a Regional Acute-Care University Hospital and a Systematic Review.

Maggiore UL1 Scala C1 Toletone A2 Debarbieri N3 Perria M3 DAmico B2 Montecucco A2 Martini M4 Dini G2 Durando P2.

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Abstract

Healthcare Workers (HCWs) have an increased risk both to acquire and to spread vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) both to their colleagues and especially to vulnerable patients. The prevention of occupational hazards among HCWs is based on proper adoption of the standard and additional precautions immunizations and secondary preventive measures such as post-exposure prophylaxis. Moreover HCWs are often referred to as the most trusted source of vaccine-related information for their patients. In the present article we report the findings of a cross-sectional study investigating the compliance to vaccinations among HCWs employed at the Obstetric Unit of a regional acute-care University Hospital in Northern Italy. Furthermore a systematic review of the literature for some VPDs (i.e. HBV measles rubella varicella and influenza) was carried out over a 17-year period in order to update the socio-demographic and professional characteristics the susceptibility status and the vaccination rates among HCWs in Italy.

 

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