Reliability of medical students' vaccination histories for immunisable diseases

  • Background Medical students come into contact with infectious diseases early on their career. Immunity against vaccine-preventable diseases is therefore vital for both medical students and the patients with whom they come into contact. Methods The purpose of this study was to compare the medical history and serological status of selected vaccine-preventable diseases of medical students in Germany. Results The overall correlation between medical history statements and serological findings among the 150 students studied was 86.7 %, 66.7 %, 78 % and 93.3 % for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, conditional on sufficient immunity being achieved after one vaccination. Conclusions Although 81.2 % of the students medical history data correlated with serological findings, significant gaps in immunity were found. Our findings indicate that medical history alone is not a reliable screening tool for immunity against the vaccine-preventable diseases studied.

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Author:Sabine WickerORCiDGND, Regina AllwinnGND, René GottschalkORCiDGND, Holger RabenauORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):BMC public health
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2008/04/15
Date of first Publication:2008/04/15
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/05/07
Page Number:7
First Page:1
Last Page:7
© 2008 Wicker et al., licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 2.0