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Status of Vaccination Against Hepatitis B Among Dental Assistants of Multan

Overview:

Direct contact of dental health care workers (and doctors) with patients makes them prone to get infection with hepatitis B and other communicable disease. Dentists are profoundly at risk of getting infected from patient's saliva and blood. Stick Injuries with needle or other sharp instruments used during medical procedures and blood transfusion have the risk to transfer hepatitis B among the medicinal services specialists. It is important to prepare for safety measures to avoid cross infection with Hepatitis B.4 Dental assistants work closely with patients, under the guidance of a dental surgeon. It is an ethical duty of an employee to protect the patient and health care assistant from cross infection contamination.6 Immunization against Hepatitis B should be mandatory for every health care worker.

The objective of this study was to find out the status of vaccination against of Hepatitis B virus among dental assistants of Multan.
It was concluded that lack of motivation was the main reason for not receiving vaccination. Self-reported rate of hepatitis B vaccination among Dental Assistants of Multan was low. Lack of motivation was the main impediment.

Authors:
Mohsin Javaid, Muhammad Jamil, Mustafa Sajid

Journal:
J Pak Dent Assoc 




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