Vaccinal status of healthcare students in Lille.

Research paper by E E Faure, C C Cortot, D D Gosset, A A Cordonnier, P P Deruelle, B B Guery

Indexed on: 19 Mar '13Published on: 19 Mar '13Published in: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses


Vaccine recommendations are the same for healthcare students than for other health care workers. The aim of this study was to describe mandatory and recommended vaccinal coverage and evaluate the benefit of systematic monitoring by a medical team in the Lille Medical School.A survey was performed from June 2011 to August 2011 on all students in the first year of Health Care Studies. The personal immunization record was considered as evidence of vaccination. The reference vaccinal schedule was the one recommended by the French High Council for Public Health in 2011.We analyzed the personal immunization records of 553 students. The vaccination coverage was 96.7% (535) for DTP, 74.7% (413) for hepatitis B, and 92.2% (510) of the students had a tuberculin test result. Concerning the recommended vaccinations, 78% (431) were covered for measles, and 78.9% (436) had a history of either chickenpox or its immunization. About 72.7% (402) of students were vaccinated for Haemophilus influenzae and Bordetella pertussis. Respectively, 24.2% (134) and 81% (448) had previously been vaccinated for Neisseria meningitis and tuberculosis. The monitoring of students allowed improving hepatitis B vaccination coverage by 22.28% (123). The student's vaccinal coverage was still inadequate for hepatitis B and measles. The systematic monitoring allowed significantly improving vaccinal coverage for hepatitis B.