Compliance to Hepatitis B vaccination booster dose

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Compliance to Hepatitis B vaccination booster dose. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2014;7:141-2

 

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Compliance to Hepatitis B vaccination booster dose. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2014 [cited 2017 Nov 14];7:141-2. Available from: https://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2014/7/2/141/146434

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Hepatitis B is an important viral infectious disease that is still present global public health problem. Its high prevalence in several Asian countries links to the high rate of hepatocellular carcinoma. An effective way for prevention is the use of hepatitis B vaccination. According to the recommendation, the booster dose of hepatitis B vaccine is required after the first dose injection. [1] Here, the authors report experience on compliance to hepatitis B vaccination booster dose among a well-to-do and highly educated group in Thailand. The focused group is a group of university academic workers in a university in Bangkok (the name is blinded due to privacy reason). Overall 245 workers were included into the free hepatitis B vaccination program provided by the university. All got the first vaccine dose and appoint for the second booster dose. On following up, of 245 cases, only 175 cases got the booster dose at appointed date. Of the left 70 cases, 25 cases got within 1-week after appointed date, 20 cases got within 2 week after appointed date and 25 cases had never got the booster dose despite the call and notify for having the booster dose. In fact, the problem of incomplete vaccination is mentioned by some authors. Sakou et al. noted that “nonurban residents, nonnationals, and females had a lower likelihood of being fully vaccinated.” [2] Nevertheless, the present report can show the problem among urban, national and well-to-do people. It can be seen that the compliance of the workers to the complete vaccination program is poor despite this is a highly educated group. It can be expected that the problem of compliance of vaccination is a big problem to consider.

References

 

1.
Poorolajal J, Mahmoodi M, Haghdoost A, Majdzadeh R, Nasseri-Moghaddam S, Ghalichi L, et al. Booster dose vaccination for preventing hepatitis B. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2010;CD008256.
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Sakou II, Tsitsika AK, Papaevangelou V, Tzavela EC, Greydanus DE, Tsolia MN. Vaccination coverage among adolescents and risk factors associated with incomplete immunization. Eur J Pediatr 2011;170:1419-26.

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.146434

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