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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
On-line version ISSN 1678-9946
SILVEIRA, Mariana Bernardi Viviani et al. Immunization status of residents in pediatrics at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 2011, vol.53, n.2, pp.73-76. ISSN 1678-9946. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46652011000200003.
Vaccination of health care workers is an efficient way to reduce the risk of occupational infection and to prevent nosocomial transmission to vulnerable patients. Despite this, achieving high immunization rates among those professionals is a challenge. We assessed the immunization status of Residents in Pediatrics at the Federal University of São Paulo from June to December 2008. Their immunization records were checked and evaluated according to the Brazilian Immunization Schedule for health care workers. Considering all required vaccines, only 3.1% of the 64 Residents were up-to-date with their immunizations. Influenza was the vaccine with the lowest uptake (3.1%) and measles and rubella were diseases with the highest evidence of immunity (62.5% each). Only 37.5% of Residents had received three hepatitis B vaccine doses with a subsequent serology confirming seroconversion. Moreover, the vast majority of Residents in Pediatrics who were not up-to-date were unaware of the fact. Both medical schools and Pediatric Residence programs should not only offer information but also check vaccination records in an effort to keep their healthcare workers´ vaccinations up-to-date.
Keywords : Health care workers; Immunization; Pediatrics.