Successfully Conducted Vaccination Drive against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases for Staff at Our Facility

Hideharu Hagiya, Yumi Kokumai

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Abstract

Preventing occupational infections is one of the most important activities of the infection control team. It is recommended that all healthcare workers be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) by administering vaccines. We conducted a vaccination drive at our facility because of disseminated varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in a patient in the intensive care unit and the upcoming operation of a patient with mumps. A total of 984 persons were evaluated for antibody titers of measles, rubella, mumps, and VZV, and individuals were vaccinated if the titers indicated the need for vaccination. It took approximately 7 months from the planning to the completion of the vaccination drive. Inoculation rates were as follows: measles, 81.9%; rubella, 76.9%; mumps, 76.2%; and VZV, 60%. Our vaccination drive was conducted successfully in a relatively short period of time and we achieved a high vaccination rate mainly due to the following 4 reasons: we recognized the need for vaccination intensely after we came across 2 cases of VPDs at our facility; the vaccination drive was carried out at the same time as the business improvement plan of the hospital was implemented; the hospital covered the entire antibody titer testing and half of the vaccination costs; simultaneous vaccination was allowed with different vaccines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-411
Number of pages7
JournalJapanese Journal of Environmental Infections
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • measles
  • prevention
  • rubella
  • vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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