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Attitudes toward Vaccinations and Vaccination Coverage Rates among Dental Students in Greece

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Directorate of Research, Studies and Documentation, National Public Health Organization, 15123 Athens, Greece
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School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 11527 Athens, Greece
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Directorate of Epidemiological Surveillance of Infectious Diseases, National Public Health Organization, 15123 Athens, Greece
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 2879; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052879
Received: 4 February 2022 / Revised: 26 February 2022 / Accepted: 28 February 2022 / Published: 1 March 2022
Our aim was to study attitudes toward vaccinations, full vaccination rates and susceptibility rates against vaccine-preventable diseases among students attending a University Dental School. A total of 134 students were studied. Full vaccination rates were as follows: 56.5% against measles and mumps, 70.6% against rubella, 32.3% against varicella, 44.1% against hepatitis A, 45.9% against hepatitis B, and 87.7% against COVID-19. In the past decade, 63.2% of students had received a booster shot against tetanus–diphtheria, 47.8% against pertussis, and 28.1% against poliomyelitis, while 29.4% of students had been vaccinated against influenza in the past year. Susceptibility rates were 40.4% for measles, 42.4% for mumps, 28.3% for rubella, 32.3% for varicella, 55.3% for hepatitis A, 54.1% for hepatitis B, 36.8% for tetanus–diphtheria, 52.2% for pertussis, and 71.9% for poliomyelitis. Overall, 123 (91.8%) students favored mandatory vaccinations, mainly for all dentists (88.4%), while 11.6% of students favored them only for dentists who provide care to high-risk patients. In conclusion, most dental students favored mandatory vaccinations, yet we found significant vaccination gaps and susceptibility rates against vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccinations for dental students should be intensified. A national vaccination registry for healthcare personnel including dental students is urgently needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: vaccination; immunization; coverage; dental school; dental students; immunity; susceptibility; mandatory vaccination vaccination; immunization; coverage; dental school; dental students; immunity; susceptibility; mandatory vaccination
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Maltezou, H.C.; Rahiotis, C.; Tseroni, M.; Madianos, P.; Tzoutzas, I. Attitudes toward Vaccinations and Vaccination Coverage Rates among Dental Students in Greece. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 2879. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052879

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Maltezou HC, Rahiotis C, Tseroni M, Madianos P, Tzoutzas I. Attitudes toward Vaccinations and Vaccination Coverage Rates among Dental Students in Greece. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(5):2879. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052879

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Maltezou, Helena C., Christos Rahiotis, Maria Tseroni, Phoebus Madianos, and Ioannis Tzoutzas. 2022. "Attitudes toward Vaccinations and Vaccination Coverage Rates among Dental Students in Greece" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 5: 2879. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052879

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