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Hepatitis B vaccination in correctional health care workers.
Gershon RR; Mitchell C; Sherman MF; Vlahov D; Lears MK; Felknor S; Lubelczyk RA
Am J Infect Control 2005 Nov; 33(9):510-518
Data on bloodborne pathogen risk among health care workers (HCWs) employed in the correctional setting are sparse, even though the prevalence of bloodborne infections, including hepatitis B virus (HBV), among inmates is high. To address this, we determined prevalence and correlates of hepatitis B virus vaccination status in correctional health care workers (CHCWs) employed in 3 state correctional health care facilities. A confidential, self-administered cross-sectional survey was performed. Four hundred eleven (69.8%) of 588 eligible participants completed the survey. Of these, 264 (64.2%) reported receiving a primary hepatitis B (HB) vaccine series. Vaccination rates varied by state and by job category. Parenteral exposures were not uncommon; 8.6% (n = 24) of clinical CHCWs and 2.0% (n = 7) of nonclinical CHCWs reported one or more needlesticks in the 6-month period prior to the study. Among clinical staff, vaccination correlated with licensure (RN or MD) and race (white) and in nonclinical staff with history of close contact with HBV infected inmates and with needlestick injury. Although the HB vaccination rate among CHCWs was generally high, given their potential risk of exposure to HBV, universal vaccination should be encouraged and should include those nonclinicians with job duties that may involve potential exposure to blood/body fluids.
Hepatitis; Vaccines; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Bloodborne-pathogens; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Health-care-facilities; Occupational-exposure; Needlestick-injuries
Robyn R. M. Gershon, DrPH, MT, MHS, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 600 West 168th St, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10032
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Infection Control
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Page last reviewed: August 5, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division