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Will We Have a Cohort of Healthcare Workers Full Vaccinated against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella?

Department of Cardiac Thoracic Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padova, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Vaccines 2020, 8(1), 104; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8010104
Received: 10 February 2020 / Revised: 20 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 27 February 2020
Healthcare workers are a population exposed to several infectious diseases, and an immunization programme is essential for the maintenance of good vaccination coverage to protect workers and patients. A population of 10,653 students attending degree courses at Padua Medical School (medicine and surgery, dentistry and health professions) was screened for vaccination coverage and antibody titres against rubella, mumps, and measles. The students were subdivided into five age classes according to their date of birth: those born before 1980, between 1980 and 1985, between 1986 and 1990, between 1991 and 1995, and after 1995. Vaccination coverage was very low in students born before 1980, but the rate of positive antibody titre was high due to infection in infancy. Increasing date of birth showed increased vaccination coverage. In contrast, immune coverage was high for rubella (more than 90%) but not for mumps and measles (approximately 80%). An “anomaly” was observed for mumps and measles in the cohort born between 1991 and 1995, probably due to the trivalent vaccine formulation. Students born after 1990 showed vaccination coverage that exceeded 90%. It is therefore very likely that we will have a future generation of healthcare workers with optimal vaccination coverage. View Full-Text
Keywords: rubella; mumps; measles; healthcare workers; immune coverage; vaccination coverage rubella; mumps; measles; healthcare workers; immune coverage; vaccination coverage
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Trevisan, A.; Bertoncello, C.; Artuso, E.; Frasson, C.; Lago, L.; De Nuzzo, D.; Nicolli, A.; Maso, S. Will We Have a Cohort of Healthcare Workers Full Vaccinated against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella? Vaccines 2020, 8, 104.

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