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Study: Healthcare students fall short of passing Hep B grade

Healthcare students may be entering their profession not fully protected from one its deadly hazards, the hepatitis B virus (HBV).

A study examining HBV vaccination records among healthcare students at a southeast U.S. university found that 59.8% of students had documentation of complete vaccination against HBV, according to an article in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. When tested for HBV antibodies, 83.8% of the students were deemed protected against HBV.

Though the percentages may appear high, they fall below the 90% goal that the CDC’s Healthy People 2010 “has set as a benchmark for the elimination of occupationally acquired hepatitis B infection in the United States,” according to the study.

Click here to read the first page citation of “Hepatitis B Vaccination Coverage and Documented Seroprotection among Matriculating Healthcare Students at an Academic Institution in the United States.” [1]

Check out the HBV vaccination resources on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools [2] page, especially the Hepatitis B Employee Vaccination Form and Hepatitis B and the Healthcare Worker, a document from the Immunization Action Coalition that answers many what if questions about vaccinating, re-vaccinating, and testing of healthcare workers.

What is your experience with HBV vaccination in programs involving students in your healthcare facility? Let us know in the comment section below.

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