Hepatitis A immunisation need in nursing students in Turkey


KADER Ç. , ERBAY A. , Akca N. K. , YÜZER ALSAÇ S. , POLAT S.

TROPICAL DOCTOR, vol.48, no.3, pp.221-224, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0049475517752204
  • Title of Journal : TROPICAL DOCTOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.221-224

Abstract

Hepatitis A is a worldwide vaccine-preventable infection. The aim of our study was to determine the serological status of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among first-year nursing students in Turkey. A sample of 423 students was used and immunoglobulin G antibodies against HAV were determined quantitatively by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay on each. Overall, 84.6% had no immunity to HAV, making them at risk for HAV, and so susceptible to nosocomial transmission. Nursing students who work in high-risk wards must be vaccinated against hepatitis A.