Antibody titers to hepatitis B surface antigen among vaccinated emergency physicians: Three years' experience with a wellness booth

R. Goldberg, H. Thomas, G. Kuhn, D. Moradzadeh, T. Mody, R. W. Boss, E. Goodman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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  • Emergency Medicine

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