In this study, we describe the findings of a case-control study that shows a high prevalence of Varicella seropositivity among nurses in Flemish healthcare workers. The incidence of VZV infection in Flemish healthcare workers was 95.2%; however, there was a significant difference between the prevalence of anti-HAV positive nurses and non-nursing staff. The findings also show that the anti-HAV seropositivity rate was higher in nurses and non-nursing healthcare workers. Further, this study shows that the rate of VZV infection was lower in young and female personnel.
In the study, 216 (88.1%) HCWs reported history of varicella and one hundred and forty-nine (93.2%) were seropositive for VZV. Of these, 168 (8%) nurses were negative for VZV. Of the 216 (8.1%) nurses, 214 (11.9%) reported having had varicella, while 169 (91.8%) of them reported having had the disease. The overall prevalence of varicella was 96.3% and the percentage of pregnant healthcare workers was 208/1186/85.
In another case, a paediatrician with varicella had a fever and generalized rash. She remembered having contact with a patient with chickenpox, despite the fact that she had not been previously infected with the virus. The paediatrician had not had the vaccine or had any VZV infection. She was therefore self-isolated. The study found that 23 healthcare workers had been in contact with the infected nurse. The patients were advised to take appropriate measures to avoid potential infections.
This study also noted a high incidence of varicella in HCWs. Of the 504 HCWs, 214 reported a history of the disease, while seventy-eight percent were seropositive. Sixty-seven percent were negative. The PPV of a self-reported history of varicella was 10.6%. These results have implications for health care workers in the field of nursing.
A recent study found that a paediatrician with varicella had a generalized rash and fever. She had been exposed to a patient with chickenpox, but had not received the vaccination. Although she was not infected with VZV, she was not vaccinated. She did not have a history of the disease, but the infection caused her to have a fever.
The study found that there was a significant association between varicella seropositivity and the presence of antibodies against the disease. For instance, the highest incidence of antibodies was observed in the group of nursing students. Moreover, there was no association between HIV-infected people and VZV-infected nurses. This study is the first to use the virus as an indicator of immunity in adult individuals.
The vaccine has a positive association with pregnancy and is safe for both sexes. It is recommended to have two doses of varicella vaccination. Afterwards, it is not recommended to perform routine testing to assess immunity to varicella. This is because commercial assays are not sensitive enough to detect antibodies after vaccination. The vaccine itself is not sufficient to prevent this disease in adults.
The vaccination is safe and effective for nurses. The varicella vaccine is recommended for pregnant women. It is also safe for breastfeeding mothers. Those with HIV are not at risk to contract the disease. For this reason, it is recommended that all nursing students receive the varicella vaccine. This is a good way to protect the community from the disease. The vaccine is effective for adults, too. The vaccine is safe for pregnant nurses and children.
If you think you may have a high risk of infection, consider vaccination. It is not necessary to undergo the vaccine for children. You can safely receive the varicella vaccine by visiting a doctor. But the vaccine is not recommended for people who are on HIV. The best way to prevent infection is to get vaccinated. While it is not harmful for people with HIV, it can cause some problems.
Infection with varicella can cause serious complications, including pneumonia. In immunocompromised people can become infected with the disease, resulting in severe illness. If the virus is transmitted to pregnant women, the vaccine is recommended for them. If you have been infected with Varicella, your doctor can administer a vaccine for you. If you are HIV-positive, you can also receive the varicella vaccine as well.