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Abstract - Healthcare Workers' Exposures for Mumps, Measles, Rubella and Varicella Zoster Virus Infections: A Multicenter Survey Study
Duygu Mert, Selma Tosun, Ilknur Esen Yildiz, Handan Alay, Duru Mıstanoglu Ozatay

Healthcare Workers' Exposures for Mumps, Measles, Rubella and Varicella Zoster Virus Infections: A Multicenter Survey Study

Duygu Mert1, Selma Tosun2, Ilknur Esen Yildiz3, Handan Alay4, Duru Mistanoglu Ozatay5 Adult Vaccine Working Group*

1 Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Ankara Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

2Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, University of Health Sciences, Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey

3Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Rize University Faculty of Medicine, Rize, Turkey

4Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Nenehatun Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey

5 Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Dumlupınar University Faculty of Medicine, Kutahya, Turkey

 

ABSTRACT

Objectives: In this research article, the authors carried out a multi-center study to evaluate the exposure and vaccination status of selected Turkish health-care workers for measles, rubella, mumps, and varicella zoster.

Methods: The authors conducted a survey research by a questionnaire for health-care workers. The participants were questioned about vaccination and exposure of mumps, measles, rubella and varicella zoster virus.

Results: A total of 5165 health-care workers; 1665 male (32.2%) and 3500 female (67.8%) participated in the study. The rates of measles, rubella, mumps and varicella history in the participants were found to be 39.2%, 21.8%, 50.8% and 56.9%, respectively. When health-care workers were asked about vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella; 2327 (47.4%) participants could not remember, 1423 (29%) participants stated that they had not been vaccinated and 763 (15.5%) had been vaccinated. Only 55 (1.1%) of the participants stated that they had measles vaccination. In total 2376 (49%) participants stated that they had not been vaccinated against varicella zoster and 451 (9.4%) people did not have vaccination since they already had developed disease and 1913 (39.8%) people did not remember their vaccination status for varicella zoster. Only 68 (1.4%) health-care workers stated that they had been vaccination against varicella zoster.  

Conclusions: The authors found that only a small group of health-care workers were vaccinated against these diseases and most of them could not remember whether they had been exposed to these viruses. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2019; 9(3):104-111.

Keywords: Measles, rubella, mumps and varicella zoster virus infections, vaccination

Volume 09, Number 04 (2019)