Vaccination coverage and immunity against hepatitis B in public health dentists

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Saliba Garbin, Clea Adas [UNESP]
Tosta Vanzo, Ketlin Lara [UNESP]
Saliba Moimaz, Suzely Adas [UNESP]
Isper Garbin, Artenio Jose [UNESP]
Chiba, Fernando Yamamoto [UNESP]

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Soc Brasileira Medicina Tropical


Introduction: Occupational exposure is a major risk factor for hepatitis B (HB) transmission. Methods: Vaccination coverage and immunity verification from 64 dentists of the Brazilian Unified Health System were investigated. An immunochromatographic method was used to verify immunity against the disease. Results: Overall, 77.77% of participating dentists completed the vaccination schedule; 37.50% had negative anti-HBs test results. Furthermore, 60.93% of participants never underwent anti-HBs tests and 40% did not know how to correctly interpret results. Conclusions: Numerous dentists were not immune to the disease. Few participants previously performed the test, with many not knowing how to interpret the results.



Hepatitis B, Vaccination Coverage, Dentists, Immunization

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Revista Da Sociedade Brasileira De Medicina Tropical. Brasilia: Soc Brasileira Medicina Tropical, v. 52, 5 p., 2019.