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Study on hepatitis b vaccination coverage among workforce of a tertiary care hospital in North India

Authors: Fazili Anjum B., Iqbal Qazi M., Mushtaq B., Shah Rohul J. and Ganai Abdul M.

Int J Med Res Health Sci.115-120 | pdf PDF Full Text

Hepatitis B is one of the most serious of the 20 blood borne pathogens which are the major threat to health care workers (HCWs). While a vaccine for hepatitis B exists, its utilization among HCWs and factors surrounding its utilization in many developing countries are unknown. This study was carried out to find hepatitis B vaccination coverage among work force of a tertiary care institute and various factors affecting its acceptance among health care workers. Cross-sectional study was carried for a period of six months at Sher-i-Kashmir institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura. All the employees who consented to participate were taken up for this study. A selfadministered, pre-structured questionnaire were given to all participants. Of the 2763 employees studied, 71.4% were males and 28.6% were females with mean age of40.46 years. 25.76% employees were completely vaccinated and 51.24% were unvaccinated. Among high risk group only 32.7% of employees were completely vaccinated. No knowledge regarding the vaccine (31.80 %), low level of perceived susceptibility for getting the infection (27.0%), unwillingness to spend money or cost of the vaccine (26.24%) were the important reasons for not taking the
hepatitis B vaccine. Hepatitis B vaccination coverage was low among HCW’s particularly the risk group. Main reasons for non-acceptance of hepatitis B vaccination include; no knowledge regarding the vaccine, low level of perceived susceptibility for getting the infection cost of the vaccine.

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