Rev Esp Quimioter 2014:27(2):98-101
Seroprevalence of measles, rubella, mumps and varicella in health workers in the Community of Madrid
Mª LUISA RODRÍGUEZ, DAVID MARTÍNEZ, JUANA MARÍA SANTOS-SANCHO, JENRY RICARDO BORDA, ANA ORERO
Background. The vaccination of health workers has a large repercussion on the health of the workers, the patients and the population in general. Due to this, we proposed to discover the serological status for varicella, rubella, mumps and measles in the workers of a tertiary hospital in Madrid.
Methods. We have conducted a retrospective epidemiological study of 1060 health workers, obtaining information such as age, sex, service area, employment status, pre-exposure vaccination and post-vaccination serology and vaccination status.
Results. In the population studied, 90.1% were protected against varicella, 65.6% against mumps, 95.6% against rubella and 92.9% against measles. There is no better protection against these illnesses for workers who treat patients directly, workers who treat immunosuppressed patients or for workers in services or units with a higher risk of infection.
Conclusion. There is no better protection against varicella, rubella, mumps and measles for the workers who have higher risk of infection at work; and the workers who treat patients, that if they suffer these diseases, this could put their health at risk.
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