Antibody titers to hepatitis B surface antigen among vaccinated emergency physicians: three years' experience with a wellness booth. Journal Article uri icon

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abstract

  • STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine antibody titers to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBsAg) among previously vaccinated emergency physicians and to assess the degree of compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) postvaccination guidelines. METHODS: A descriptive analysis was performed of anti-HBsAg titer determinations and vaccination surveys among a self-selected group of emergency physicians attending the annual scientific assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1995, 1996, or 1997. RESULTS: Of 943 participants, titer levels were found to be protective in 768 (81%), borderline in 45 (5%), and nonreactive in 130 (14%). A total of 337 participants (36%) had not obtained postvaccination titer determinations, as advised by the CDC. More than 50% reported an occupational exposure to blood products within the previous 2 years. CONCLUSION: Despite their high risk for exposure to blood products, many previously vaccinated emergency physicians were not in compliance with CDC postvaccination guidelines.

publication date

  • February 1, 1999

Full Author List

  • Goldberg R; Thomas H; Kuhn G; Moradzadeh D; Mody T; Boss RW; Goodman E

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Additional Document Info

start page

  • 156

end page

  • 159

volume

  • 33

issue

  • 2