Vaccine-preventable diseases

S. E. Beekmann, B. N. Doebbeling

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Health care workers are at risk for occupational exposure, illness and transmission of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. Vaccine-preventable communicable diseases are important causes of morbidity and mortality not only in health care providers but also among health care recipients. Appropriate use of immunizations therefore protects the health of workers and protects patients from becoming infected through exposure to infected workers. Additionally, relatively little is known regarding effective methods of vaccine delivery to health care workers. All health care workers should be vaccinated against or have documented immunity to hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. While routine immunization of health care workers against hepatitis A and pertussis is not currently recommended, immunoprophylaxis for these diseases may be indicated for certain health care workers. This review will discuss health care worker vaccination for hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and pertussis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-404
Number of pages16
JournalBailliere's Clinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Health care workers
  • Occupational infections
  • Vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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